Employment in high school: Should you encourage your teen to work?

 As a high school kid, I had a couple of different jobs. First, I worked at a shoe store selling athletic shoes, but I quit when school, sports, and band became too demanding (I know what you’re thinking… band. Yes, I am proud to say I was a band geek.). Then I switched to working only during the summers for a lawn & landscaping business....more

How Texting Brought Me Closer to My Daughter

There are many horror stories about the damage that can come from poorly timed and inappropriately made cell phone texts. Especially by teenagers. I admit that all of these stories affected me and were a big motivator in the reason for why I waited quite a while to get my own teenage daughter her first cell phone. This past Christmas however my husband and I decided it was time. I did not expect that her getting a cell phone and being able to text would bring us closer together. ...more
Thank you! Really took this to heart. I'm so afraid of the news about tech and kids and their ...more

10 Quick Tips for A Successful End To the Exchange Year

Host families: be understanding, but don’t give up on house rules1. The second half of the exchange year is perfect time to relax with your student and enjoy the son/daughter relationship.  For these last few weeks, think about all that you have learned and how your life has changed....more

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy....more

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad....more

Bonding With My Teen in the Baby Department

I simply can't walk past baby stores or infant departments without having to browse the adorable clothing, toys, and other goodies. My daughter is in high school now, but I'm still pulled in every time, especially if I see a pink display....more

Keeping a digital tab on your teen

I know that I am going to stalk my son on his mobile device. It will not matter to me how responsible he is, or what agreement we will have around his device or how old he is. I will be stalking him. Mostly because I love him....more

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing app our kids use. I can't count the number of times I've witnessed things that other people's children have done and thought to myself, "If I were that child's parent, I'd absolutely want to know about that." ...more
Oh my goodness, these are GREAT tips. GREAT!more

3 Lessons I Learned About Online Privacy When My Teen Googled Her Name

When my daughter Googled her name following a conversation with friends about who is on the Internet, I turned out to be her biggest online privacy problem. The results of the name search displayed several photos from my personal blog that we thought were labeled anonymously. Uh oh. ...more
MothersCircle Leah, I'm so glad you weighed in and mentioned your hard work on this topic. I ...more