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10 gap year ideas for students between high school and college

A gap year is when students decide to delay their entry to college to either catch their breath after high school, or to gather some life or work experiences before embarking on their college career.

By | May 2nd, 2016|1 Comment

10 Things I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

In favor of understanding my teens a bit better, I took a stroll down memory lane and wrote a letter to my younger self. Here’s what I came up with.

By | April 1st, 2016|6 Comments

100+ things for your teenager’s Easter basket

Are you strapped for ideas of things to place in your teen's Easter basket? Here are more than 100 things they'll love.

By | March 4th, 2016|8 Comments

50 things for your teenager’s Easter basket

When you think of Easter baskets, you probably think of young toddlers running out to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them. But what about teenagers?

By | March 8th, 2015|44 Comments

The parenting rule I always break

When you have rules, you have rule breakers. And friends, I am definitely a rule breaker.

By | September 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Choosing to trust my teenager

Trust. It's a hard word to swallow when your daughter is 15.

By | September 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Why I let my teen move out

My 14-year-old daughter, DQ, is moving out. It’s weird, I never thought I’d type these words before she turned 18. But here I am, standing by as she packs up her bags and prepares to leave the nest. My nest. The one I have padded with protection and comfort since the day she was born, through a messy divorce, during financially tight times, and in her tumultuous teen years. She is flying the coop with my assistance when I drive her a full three hours away to live with her father. And this might just be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

By | January 8th, 2013|49 Comments

The cool parent

When teens are fighting you for their freedom, they're also testing to see if you care enough to set boundaries.

By | September 5th, 2012|2 Comments

Family meeting a success

While working at bringing our families together, it was suggested that we try a family meeting. We were pleasantly surprised at the results.

By | May 18th, 2012|0 Comments

When teens lash out

Turmoil of these 'angry years' tests parenting skills and patience

By | May 4th, 2012|0 Comments