BlogHerMoms Giggle: Stop With the Glitter

Since when did teenaged girls start dipping their bodies in glitter?...more

The Book of Biebs: Cathleen Falsani’s Belieber! Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber

“Parents would do well to pay close attention to their children’s passions,” writes Cathleen Falsani in her new book on pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, Belieber! She advises: “Some indeed may be short-lived, but others are indicative of the orientation of a child’s heart and mind, a trajectory that could last a lifetime” (p. 9)....more
So it's Bieber who makes it OK for millions of teens to proclaim they believe in Jesus? That is ...more


Oldest Volunteering, School Stuff

  So my olderest daughter might be volunteering at our local YMCA in daycare. I think this could be good for her if she gets it. She only 12 going to be 13 in Jan. so not to sure if they will let her, but she did fill out forum and they did tell her she was first one to turn hers in so she has a good chance of getting it. I hope so, she needs more things to keep her busy so she not wanting to run around town to much since there isn't a whole lot to do in our town this be good for her....more

5 Last-Minute Ways to Turn Summer Slumber into Summer Success

“Teens available for summer work.” That was the subject of an email I got from a parent of a former student concerned about making the most of what’s left of summer.It’s not easy finding jobs: The unemployment rate for young people hovers around 18% - about double the national average, according to the Department of Labor.  Last year, less than 50 percent of young adults had found summer employment by July, the lowest level since 1949....more

There's No Reset Button for Stepparenting: Tips for Resolving Conflict

We have those moments with our mothers, or sisters, our children, and even our husbands. No one is safe from an outburst. It could come at the worst of times, and it could come at the best of times. But what happens when you have that outburst and say something that hurts your stepchild? Well, it’s no different from saying something hurtful to your biological child, your own mother, or even your husband. The problem is the relationship surrounding the situation....more
Love the steps you have here, and will for sure be rereading them, but i just had to come and ...more

Betwitxt & Between or Stuck in the Middle Muck

My 13 year old daughter has been awake for nearly 3 1/2 hours today, this being her first day back from a 9 day vacation with a friends family, and i'm ready to send her back to Hawaii.Her talents are vast, the most impressive of which is to turn me from perky and chipper to monster-troll-crankypants mom in a phenomenally short number of seconds.I have buttons, she knows how to push them - nothing new there in the mom/daughter relationship department.But that isn't the reason for this post, my second if the day - it's that kind of day....more

Empty Nesters for the week

'Sticks and Stones May Break Some Bones But Online Comments Can Be Killers' by Tracey Jackson