How to Build a Great Relationship with Your Kids

Hi everyone and welcome to Dedicated 2 Life.  If you are new here, I know you will find something here that interests you if you like self-growth. Check out our home page for a list of topics that we blog about regularly.  Mostly, I want to say this to you - - “Welcome and thanks for stopping by”....more

The Fitting Room

I’m leaning against the clearance rack when Justin Timberlake’s voice fills the store. He’s singing about his suit and tie, which seems appropriate since my daughter is in the fitting room trying on semi-formal dresses....more
This was so touching and poignant. Our kids grow up so fast.  My last child is still in Middle ...more

Why I'm Skipping "Rudolph!"

Being afraid of things when you are a 47 year old mother is kind of embarrassing, especially when your teenage children learn of these fears, and use them to torment you.  Last night, my kids were watching Rudolph, for the millionth time.  They know that I have always been afraid of the Abominable Snowman.  Seriously.  I always hated that part of the movie when I was little, and I'm not too impressed that now they make stuffed animals of the thing, and pass them off as "cute."  I mean, look at him!...more

The Not Very Scary Mommy

I came home the other day and within thirty minutes had made two of my sons cry. It wasn’t that I was trying to make them cry; I was actually just trying to make them spend time with me but apparently spending time with your mom when cartoons are on is torture....more

The Black and White Approach to Parenting and Why it Works

I would like to be a panda. I would like to be cute and cuddly and have everyone say “aww” when they saw me. I wouldn’t like to live in a tree though. So I would like to be an acrophobic panda who lives at the Marriott and has room service bring me my bamboo allotment for the day. Okay, maybe I don’t really want to be a panda, but I do envy panda mothers....more

Mothers of Daughters: Are you ready to rid the world of mean girls??

Our daughters; we know what they’re going through and we just want to make it all better, but we usually fall short. We don't have the words, and if you are like me, it's all you can do to NOT call the other mother and give her a piece of your mind.  But that's not going to work; it will fuel the fire and give the mean girl the power she needs to keep being mean. If we truly want to rid the world of mean girls, then the mothers of daughters must lead the way....more

5 Things Your High School Freshman Wants You to Know

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the movie tickets from my hand, and called over her shoulder, “I got Zoe, Mom, we’ll go grab our seats.” ...more
@TherapyLearnSvc thanks for reading and appreciating. time moves too fast!more

Attention 2015 Graduates: The Real World is Calling

I’m running out of time. The countdown has begun to Jimbo leaving for college, and I suddenly have the urge to teach him everything I failed to impart the past 18 years. So I have begun The College List. No twin sheet sets on here – that comes later. This list has all the essentials needed for living a happy, independent life away from home....more

What Should We Do About Our Teens' Drinking Problem?

My family is drowning. Specifically, my kids. I would like to save them, but I fear I am just making the situation worse. Anyway, they haven’t asked for my help but instead continue to want more. “Mom, can you buy more vitaminwater? I like the peach and berry flavors.” “Mom, we need some bottled water.” “Mom, please pick up a case of Mendota.”...more
samanthamarieB  Saying "NO" to my kids is obviously not my strong suit. Actually, I do ban so ...more

Dear Parents, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to us

Do you hear that? Could it be the overwhelming public adoration for a music artist who used her spotlight at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) this Sunday to highlight a social cause close to her heart? Nope. Never mind. It seems the sympathetic gesture made by Miley Cyrus to bring awareness to teen homelessness has already faded from our collective consciousness, assuming it was ever fully acknowledged at all....more
I'd love to hear what others think about this tendency in our culture and in their life.more