How To Prepare For The Teenage Dating Stage

I know I have shared with you before the importance of not blinking when you are a parent, but I myself have made this mistake yet again. I blinked and now the boy who made me a Mom over 16 years ago is in his junior year of high school and has also entered the teenage dating stage. Ever since my son took a date to his school’s homecoming dance last year, some people have asked me how I felt about it. First, let me ask you, is there ever really a way to prepare for any stage of parenting? … Read more


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Parenting Teens and What You Need To Know

Do you have certain moments in your life you will never forget? One of those moments was when the nurse brought my son to me after I gave birth to him. That was almost 16 years ago now, when parenting teens was a distant thought.  I remember thinking during those early parenting years how physically, mentally and emotionally draining the days were. I looked at people who had teens and thought how much easier they had it. Or so I thought, since their kids were older and more self sufficient. Those parents are probably sitting somewhere together secretly laughing at me. I … Read more


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4 Back To School Tips For Teens To Be Successful

This post is sponsored by Mirum, but all opinions expressed are my own. I’m not sure about you, but I definitely feel like summer break just started. Unfortunately it’s getting ready to be over and some kids have even started school already. One thing I know is we all can use as many back to school tips and tricks as possible. This year my kids are headed into 5th and 11th grade and I want them to be prepared in every way. As the parent of a teenager, there are some different things I did this year to help my son … Read more


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5 Secrets To Teach A Teenager How To Shower Faster

Can we please talk for a moment about something serious? Something that is a constant struggle in our household, ever since my son became a teenager a few years ago. Yes, you read that correctly, there is a teenager currently living in my house. I love him dearly and he may not be particularly happy I am sharing this, but I can’t take much more when it comes to teen shower habits, which is why I am sharing this 5 secrets to teach a teenager how to shower faster.  This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission when you … Read more


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Guess What Happened When I Traveled With My Teen?

Have you ever traveled with only one of your kids? One of my favorite ways to travel is to take one-on-one trips with my kids. I love the quality time, experience and creating unique memories together. I recently traveled with my 14 year old son to Amsterdam for a few days, and guess what happened when I traveled with my teen? Over the last couple of years life has brought a lot of changes to my already weird family. One of them being the bittersweet thing of my kids growing up in a big way. My daughter is 8 and … Read more


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Inexpensive Activities To Do With Your Teenager

This post is sponsored by Conagra, but all opinions expressed are my own. If you’re looking for inexpensive activities to do with your teenager, you’re going to love these simple and fun ideas. When you’re feeling as though you need to make your budget stretch a little bit further, who says that you have to spend a bunch of money to have fun? As a parent, it’s literally as though we blinked and our children just grew up in front of our eyes…and more times than not, the teenage years are upon us in what feels like a matter of minutes. … Read more


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