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life with a teen

23 Ways to Know There’s a Teen In the House

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Is there a teen living here? Remember the days when Fisher-Price decorated your house and your living room looked like Geoffrey the Giraffe (that’s Toys R Us speak in case you’ve forgotten) puked all over it? Those days are like wine and roses compared to what your house looks like when you have a teen living with you. Here are…


Are Your Kids Ready to Watch More Mature Shows?

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How to Decide if Your Kids Are Ready for Older Shows and Movies I’m going to age myself a bit here but it doesn’t seem that long ago when the only TV shows playing in my house were Blues Clues, Dora, The Wonder Pets, Elmo Saves _______, and a plethora of other shows on PBS, Nick Jr., and Disney. I considered…

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TIA Girl Club Monthly Box for Tweens AND a Giveaway!

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Introducing the TIA Girl Monthly Subscription Box Okay, okay.. I totally teased you guys with TIA Girl Club Box before I left on vacation and then totally left you hanging. Please forgive me.. I promise it won’t happen again!! As the mom to 3 girls, I know how important it is to surround them with empowering messages and positive female…

living with a teenager

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

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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…


Social Media, Parenting and (Lack of) Common Sense

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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…


Throwback Thursday: Entertainment Edition with #StreamTeam!!

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What are your favorite shows & movies you’re sharing with your kids? When the girls were younger, it seemed our TV was on all. the. time. One or both of us have always been fortunate enough to work from home and while that’s great for raising kids, sometimes those kids needed entertainment that was provided by someone/something other than mom…


Money and Budgets: Full Disclosure or Tight Lipped?

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Here’s the obvious statement of the day: times are tough for almost everyone. Those who never used budgets to manage their money have started to and those who had them before the recession have tightened them up. Some families have weathered the storm with little financial impact and others have had the wind knocked out of their sails. Personally, we’ve…


Keep Momming!

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of…