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living with a teenager

What’s Your Life Going to Be Like Now That You Have a Teen?

Teens By February 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Welcome to Your New Teen-dom You remember the saying “when you have a child, it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around your body”? I think it’s really true when you’re the parent of a teen or tween except it’s more like your heart is being stomped. I’ll never forget the day when I realized that…

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The Difference Between Wanting and Expecting

Teens By November 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

Running the shuttle yesterday, Mackenzie and I drove thru one of the older neighborhoods in our area. You know the ones – with the big, old, huge estates that the people who built the towns used to live in. The houses that are enviable even to those who know the secrets that often live behind the doors. Right on cue, she…

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Social Media, Parenting and (Lack of) Common Sense

Social Media and Technology By September 15, 2015 Tags: , , , , 27 Comments

I originally posted this back in 2011 (forever ago in the online world) but with the interwebz all aflutter last week from “that” post (you know the one.. the one the mom with the boys wrote to the teen girls.. if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it. I refuse to link to it), thought it was worth breaking…

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Loving summer and being 16

Wordless Wednesday – Being Sixteen and Loving Summer

Blogging By July 22, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

#WordlessWednesday Remember being 16 during the summer? Maybe you had a job (I did.. American Express NROC!!!), maybe you didn’t but the one thing you most likely did have was your license. Was there a better freedom than being able to go and do what you wanted to do, when you wanted to? No more waiting for mom and dad…

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just because we don't parent the same doesn't make me a bad parent

The Day I was Trolled and Parent Shamed

Parenting By March 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

It was bound to happen sooner or later…  In my opinion, Camel City Dispatch is THE source for news in our town and the Editor, Chad Nance, will occasionally grab some of my articles and use them in their parenting section. We’ve become friends over the past couple of years or so and share similar attitudes towards parenting and life in…

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Discipline: Putting the Hammer Down on the Kids (take 2)

Teens By February 1, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

I don’t give advice very often but if you ask me for it, I’ll definitely tell you what I think. Maybe that’s why not too many people who are in child-birthing years ask me for parenting advice. If they did, our population might dry up on the spot. But I DO have advice, I really, really do!! And since no…

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Attack of the Momzillas

Blogging By December 27, 2014 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

The World of Competitive Parenting It’s an all too familiar scenario these days. You sit down at the neighborhood playground to chat with a few other moms while your child plays on the slides and then you hear comments like this: “My Hannah was potty-trained at 18 months.” “Robert started reading before his third birthday.” “Taylor is in the gifted…

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I need some space

I Just Need Some Space

Entertainment By October 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Mamas Just Need Some Space Remember how much I love(d) the song from Meghan Trainor “All about the Bass” because of it’s awesome positive body image? Well I’m loving this parody – “I Just Need MY Space” from MyLifeSuckers just as much for it’s positive MOM image. As in.. give me my space kids!! Although honestly, if you have older kids like…

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