How to Get Your Teen to Take Accountability

My son woke up and said with a sigh, “It’s the last day of summer vacation.” Then he followed up with, “thank God for weekends.” As a parent, I am a little sad that summer break is over. I like being able to spend time together and the flexible schedule summer provides. But I...

Summertime is Memory Time

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year now. This summer seems to be going by at lightning speed. For some families, school just ended a couple of weeks ago. But for many of us, school starts again in less than a month. I have enjoyed seeing my friends share their...

What I Have Learned Working with Teenagers

Yesterday, I held one of my College and Career Action Planning for Teens Workshop. I always feel such joy when I see a teenager get excited. The look of excitement when they start seeing and planning their path of what they will do after high school. Let me be real, though. Most kids come...

Four Ways To Keep Your Tween Busy Over the Summer

Raise your hand if you are ready for May to be done. If you are like me, your May was filled with many end-of-school-year events, graduation parties, sports events, award banquets, and so on, and so on…. In the midst of my crazy schedule, I realized I didn’t have a full plan on how...

How To Encourage Teens During Tough Times

Last week was part 1 of my interview with Deanne Barrett. She provided easy ways to help us better connect with our teens. In case you missed it, you can click here to read that blog. In part 2 of my interview, Deanne shares ways we can lean in, support, and encourage your teenagers during...

Ways Moms Can Better Connect With Their Teenager

As moms, we know raising a teenager can be fun but also challenging at times. Our teens may start pushing away from us to gain some independence. We were that way with our parents when we were teens, so why should we expect anything different from our own kids? Although in today’s times, we...

How to Get Your Child To The Next Step

Kyle, like many students, changed majors in college. He started off in Political Science but realized there wasn’t much of a career path for him. He changed his major to Education, but this was more time consuming than he preferred. He then landed in Public Relations, which he still does and enjoys. However, Kyle...

How to Limit Your Teenager’s Stress During Exam Time

It’s the most wonderful time of year, with joyous thoughts of the holidays and decorating, buying just the right presents, parties, getting holiday cards, and final exams for your teenager. This time of year can be fun, but it can also be stressful for everyone in the family. We are running around, trying to...

Why It Pays to Share Our Stories With Our Kids

This week our family will make our annual pilgrimage to my in-laws’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving. It has become our tradition for many years, and I love it. They live in the quaint small town of Hendersonville, NC. This year I will be participating in the City of Hendersonville Turkey Trot for my 5th year...

What To Do When Your Child Wants a Gap Year

A friend of mine recently told me that his senior high-school student declared he wanted to take a gap year. The dad asked, “What are you going to do in that year?” The son replied he wants to go live with this brother in Colorado. The father then asked a series of questions like...

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