One of my favorite hobbies is to listen to books. Gone are the days that I can sit and read an actual book. I think I developed adult onset ADHD when I became a parent. The idea of sitting and just reading feels soooo unproductive. But I love to read, so I found a work … Continue reading My top 10 memoirs for women
If any parent in 2019 says they know exactly what their teen is doing online, they are liars. I am just going to put that out there. In the early teen years, I tried to police my children's screen time and where they were going on the internet. It was hard work and not that … Continue reading Monitoring teen screen time
I have learned to be more mindful of managing stress as I enter middle age. Things that were not typically stressful in previous years tend to be triggers for stress and anxiety now. Here are 6 things I do to keep my stress under control. Let it go. No, not the Frozen movie theme song. … Continue reading Managing stress in middle age
My oldest has had his learner's permit for about 4 months now. Unlike a lot of teens his age, he is very motivated to drive. I think teens are less interested in driving in general because they are already so connected with their friends via social media and other technology. Back when I was a … Continue reading Helping your teen learn to drive
We just finished up spring break at our house, so I thought I would share 4 ways to make traveling for spring break fun for you and your teens. Yes, it is possible. Have a schedule of expected activities that the entire family will attend. In our family, we have the husband (AKA travel task … Continue reading Spring break with teens
We are on spring break checking off some life bucket list items. Yesterday we split up and had a mid day nap break (more on how to happily travel with teens in the next blog post). So imagine my surprise when my daughter barges into the bedroom screaming for me to talk to daddy. Then … Continue reading Losing a pet in middle age
One of my favorite shows these days is This Is Us. It is most people our age's favorite show because it tackles topics we are living and breathing every single day. And that fire episode... I did not use my crock pot for months after that episode! This week's episode hit on a topic super … Continue reading Who “bends” in your relationship?
So how do parents navigate dating during the early teen years? By early, I mean around 13-15 years old. Too young to go out solo, but interested in the idea of getting together with a boyfriend or girlfriend. I will share what we have done with the disclaimer that I am not saying our way … Continue reading Dating in the early teen years
It used to be called Helicopter parenting - the practice of hovering anxiously near one’s children, monitoring their every activity. Some parents now are more like snowplows: machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their child’s path to success, so they don’t have to encounter failure, frustration or lost opportunities. How do you know if … Continue reading Are you a snowplow parent?
This weekend was like a lot of our weekends as parents of teens... divide and conquer. What does this mean, you ask? It means both teenagers have to be places around the same time in different towns, which means parents have to divide up to make it all work. I was on social teen girl … Continue reading Divide and conquer…parenting teens