Fall is fast approaching so Amazon Prime Days are a great time to take advantage of some deals to send your loved one off to college in style. Here are some college dorm room gift ideas and essentials that your student will appreciate and actually use.
Ugh! Am I even making a difference, I remember thinking as I stood my ground through one more argument with my teen. Creating an emotionally vibrant home is an uphill battle. Just when you think you have reached a mountain top, you see another huge crest ahead. So while parenting isn’t easy, it is worth it. As moms, we are creating something beautiful in the midst of the mess. We are raising children to be adults and make a house into a home. Here are 15 quotes about home to encourage moms and remind you of the important work you are doing! [Read more…]
Before I had teens, I used to feel rather intimidated walking into a roomful of teenagers. When my co-worker and I would teach groups, I would jump at the chance to talk to the adults, partially because I didn’t want to try to communicate with the teens. Now that I have helped raise two teenagers and worked with hundreds of teen, here are 10 best tips for communicating with teenagers, that will help you chat away like a pro! [Read more…]
Anxiety. It’s something many have, but at the same time, not enough people seem to understand it. It can affect kids, adults, seniors, and definitely teenagers. If you have a teen of your own, understanding anxiety can be a challenge. In this post, we will give you a few ways moms can help teenagers cope with teen anxiety. [Read more…]
I once read an article that said by time a boy is 10 years old he has died a million times. At first I was confused, but then I had to laugh. How true! Boys love action and pretending they are in a high risk situation facing certain death. But what do they need from us as moms. Moms are the most important women in a boy’s life. It is an awesome gift but with a small window. Let’s explore 6 Ways a Teenage Boy Needs Validation from his Mom. [Read more…]
Kids bloom at such different rates and in a variety of ways. But are there certain signs of emotional maturity in teens we should be on the look out for in our tweens and teens? And how do we cultivate emotional maturity if we think our teenagers are lacking in certain areas?
Did you imagine that your teen would apply to numerous colleges and win gobs of scholarship money only to find they won’t fill out the first application? Some students are very self-motivated and will only need some overseeing and direction when it comes to the college application process. But if you have a teenager that lacks motivation, don’t throw in the towel yet! I want to share with you a few tricks that FINALLY worked for us to motivate teenagers to apply to college and scholarships. [Read more…]
During my teens years, I watched Oprah while I worked the switchboard after school at my all girl high school. Oprah always referred to her light bulb moments, when a HUGE realization clicks. As I was reading Myquillan Smith’s book Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff, I couldn’t believe all the light bulb moments I had. If home is one of your favorite places, or you want it to be one of your family’s favorite places, then you are going to love all the ways that even a non-decorating mom can create a peaceful, cozy home! [Read more…]
As our kids enter the tween and teen years, the importance of having an emotionally healthy homes seems to spike. While creating a home that is emotionally stable has always been crucial, as parents we can now clearly see the effect on our teenagers. A home that is emotionally stable provides security, a place to learn and grow and the foundation for a healthy life. So what are we striving for as parents. What are the traits of emotionally healthy families? What does an emotionally home look and feel like? Here are 10 habits of emotionally healthy families. [Read more…]
When a friend shares of an emotional challenge they are facing, I often spend the rest of the afternoon thinking of a source or book that might encourage them. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that goes down a rabbit hole when it comes to finding solutions to an emotional or mental concerns. Naturally, when it comes to gift giving I love to bring a little inspiration to someone’s life to fuel their desire to grow! Whether you are purchasing a gift for your mom, grandma, or a friend (or giving friendly hints to your family), consider purchasing a gift that will inspire personal growth. To get you thinking here are the best personal development gifts moms will love! [Read more…]