Texting and Driving is Dangerous: How Can We Get Our Teens to Stop?

It’s been exactly a year since the day 18-year-old Merritt Levitan was killed while biking cross-country. She was on a national tour slated to last six weeks. Her group was pedaling through rural Arkansas when they were hit by a car driven by a 21-year-old driver, who was distracted by her cell phone. Merritt died from brain injuries sustained in the accident, and most of the others in the group were seriously injured....more

6 Things Your Teen Can Do This Summer

When I was in high school, everybody had a summer job, and we would meet to go to a movie in the evening or the beach on our day off. However, finding a job these days is hard for teenagers. The labor market hasn't fully recovered, so many of the traditional teen jobs are being filled by adults. Now that summer is here, I don't want my kids hanging around the house texting, tweeting, and eating everything in the pantry because they're bored. What else can they do? 1. Volunteer ...more
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HelloFlo's"First Moon Party" Ad Got Periods Right, Parenting Wrong

HelloFlo—a start-up that offers a starter kit of supplies and information about menstruation for young women, as well as subscriptions for monthly care packages—went viral last year with the very funny video "The Camp Gyno," about a girl who is the first to get her period while at summer camp. ...more
Well said! I thought it was hysterical!more

Dear Teen Daughter

Dear Teen Daughter,(I’m not posting your picture because I know you’d be angry that I shared it with every human, entity, and crumb that composes the Milky Way galaxy. (Especially because they all read my blog.) And just so you know, you DON’T look stupid.)I’m writing you a list of the ten eleven most important things I want you to stow in the depths of your DNA, because in a matter of years you won’t be one amongst four who love you with all their hearts, but one amongstmillions billions who don’t give a crap about your heart....more

New study on autism and driving

Have you ever been curious what it's like to be on the autism scale and driving? A new study gives us some very interesting insight from this perspective. Researchers at Drexel had adults on the ASD (and a non-ASD control group) do self-resporting on their driving experience. Here's what they found:- Adults on the autism spectrum earned their drivers' licenses at a later age- Adults on the autism spectrum drove less frequently...more

Let Her Go

Top Ways My Life Has Changed Since My Kids Became Teenagers

I’ve been chugging along, doing the parenting thing and not really paying attention to all of the changes in my life. Sure, I’ve noticed what’s going on with my kids growth and I’ve noted their milestones but I didn’t really pay attention to how much my life has changed (and I’m not talking about the gray hair, wrinkles and all around aging that I’ve done since they were little).No, it’s the day-to-day stuff that changed and I didn’t really see it coming.Until now....more

Young Girls.

Remeber when we were little girls we use to play with baby doll, thinking when wee grow up we will find our prince charming, get marry, and live happily ever after just like those disney priness's? We live in generation now that teen girls and early 20's are getting pregnant. I dont understand why are girls getting pregnant this days. Having kis change's your life. I know friends that have a kid or two and I wonder what are they going to do with their life or their future....more

Mandatory Family Fun! Sometimes I force my teens to hang out with the parents!

I write about my kids a lot.  I suppose that can be boring to read about after awhile, but to be honest, my life really does revolve around my family, and these two boys and I are home together this summer, so I am with them a lot! (not so much fun for them, but I am sure enjoying it)I think I am a "normal" average mom, I like to spend time with my family....more

10 Things That Every Dad Can Teach His Daughter

10 Things Dads Can Teach Their Daughters ...more

“How to” Ideas for Intentional Parenting of Teens Around Sex

Supervision impacts teen sexuality more than any other input. It is tough to raise a family and to be home for kids, but teens need MORE attention, not less, than other ages.They need mentors and parents to help them find jobs or to assist with college applications. If you or someone you trust is at home, your kids will find it stifling to their sex drive and that is just fine! Make it awkward and hard for them to find a place to get busy....more

Texting and Driving is Dangerous: How Can We Get Our Teens to Stop?

It’s been exactly a year since the day 18-year-old Merritt Levitan was killed while biking cross-country. She was on a national tour slated to last six weeks. Her group was pedaling through rural Arkansas when they were hit by a car driven by a 21-year-old driver, who was distracted by her cell phone. Merritt died from brain injuries sustained in the accident, and most of the others in the group were seriously injured....more