Virtuous Lip Gloss - Positive Words for the Lips

I could certainly relate to Sara Buntrock as she talked about her tween daughter when I met her this last January at a gift show. Being a mother of a tween myself (any child between the age of 7 to 12 is considered one), I know that they start having very mature tastes at a very early age (thank you Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus and iCarly/Miranda Cosgrove)....more

Getting to College 101 - Teenagers and Time Well Spent

By Kristin Thomas, College Consultant & Guest Contributor...more

Forget about it, Enrique

What the f--? New Iglesias song with the F-word. Sells b/c we've failed to teach girls this is not OK. Allie

What’s mine is yours

I had barely pulled my dress over my head when my daughter walked into my room without knocking. She was in need of a rubberband for her hair despite the fact that I had already given her one the night before....more

Why are coed birthday slumber parties for teens now "OK"?

I admit, I'm the uncool mom. And it's not because I shop for jeans at the wrong stores. According to my middle school daughter, recently I officially earned the title of the "World's Worst Mom" because I put my foot down and said NO to a party invite. ...more
Here I am reading this a few years after the fact but your blog came up as a suggestion when I ...more

LittleMissMatched Socks - Solution for the Sock Lost in the Wash

Over the holidays my family went to Downtown Disney, a street of restaurants and shops that links Disneyland, the Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park, to have lunch. While we were walking around my daughters noticed a store, LittleMissMatched that featured vibrant socks in the window and asked if they could go in. Why not?...more

I've blogged about LittleMissMatched before. In fact I was wearing my own LittleMissMatched ...more

Getting to College 101 - Finding the Parental Role

There is no doubt that the transition from high school to college is a journey for both you and your teen. The magnitude of the move from 24/7 parent to empty-nester is not to be taken lightly, but your focus must be on helping your child in their journey. For many parents this requires a step back to allow your teen to explore their own needs and desires and take ownership of the process. But being involved without controlling the process can be a challenge....more

Back In the Day - Part One

Let’s take a journey. Shall we? Back to the 1970’s. I was in elementary school in the 1970’s. The plaid pants and bright red knee socks are but a blurred image in my mind. Playing I Spy in Mrs. Dunn’s First Grade Class with the miniature stop light. Loose teeth.... Yes, that was a very long time ago. I remember music class with Mr. Burrick in the old red pole building. The instruments seemed so big and shiny. He had an old trunk that was big enough for at least four of us children to hide in. It was never opened and, to us kids, it was extremely creepy....more

Why Do I Bother?

You've probably concluded by the title that, yes, I am in a bad mood. However, my disposition is not all emotionally induced. My family is mostly to blame on this one. If my mom were reading this, she would, at this juncture, point out my indiscretion of talking bad about my family. And, as I have told her on several occasions, "I love my family, but if you had to live with them, you may find yourself saying the same thing....more

I can certainly relate. My kids are all grown up and I have to say I do enjoy the time I have to ...more