Parenting through the transition from adolescence through puberty is an emotional rollercoaster. There are so many changes happening to a child in this phase of life. Physical changes are the most obvious and the ones parents often give the most attention. It’s rather difficult to ignore the odor of a teenaged boy’s room. Social changes are… Read More Helping Your Teenager Manage Stressful Situations
I’ve got to be honest. Today is a bit bittersweet for me. Today is my son’s birthday. As most of you know he is my bonus child; I am not a fan of the Stepford label. When he came to live with Harold and me in 2003 I officially became a mother. I thank him… Read More Not So Happy Birthday: Challenging Blended Family Dynamics
This past week has been highly emotional for our family. Olivia and Alexandra were both very interested and involved in the progress of the presidential election. Olivia had a school project following both candidates, their platforms and policies, and even analyzing the debates. Alexandra is studying US History in school this year, and the structure… Read More 5 Ways Parents Can Help Children Manage Emotions
I have always wanted to be a good wife and a good mom. At some points in my life, I only wanted to be a good wife and a good mom. For me, there is no achievement greater than a happy, healthy family. The saying goes “happy wife, happy life,” and “when mom is happy, everyone… Read More When Being A Wife and Mom Conflict
Each day on the ride to and from school I try to engage my girls in meaningful conversation about their day. Like most parents, I want my kids to know they can come to me to discuss anything at any time, and I work very hard to establish that expectation. I also want them to… Read More 10 Conversation Starters Besides “How Was Your Day”
Valentine’s Day (Weekend)has come and gone. And the rush of flowers, cards, candy, dinners, and dates with it. Harold and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day. One year we spent our evening enjoying the Kentucky Opera’s presentation of the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet. Followed by the drive through at Wendy’s. For us, it was a good… Read More 5 Tips to Have a Great Relationship All Year
There’s a “copy and paste this or you’re not a part of the cool crowd” post going around on Facebook where parents are asking their children questions about themselves. I don’t usually give into fads, but I thought this would be a playful way to find out what they really thought of me. The idea… Read More Do Your Children Know You? How Well?
Effective Communication is the foundation of every relationship. Healthy relationships are often marked by open, honest, caring, effective communication where each party clearly understands and attempts to meet the other’s needs. Every communication contains five basic elements: a sender, a message, a channel, a receiver, and feedback. Because human nature is complex and full of… Read More Effective Communication with Your Entire Family
As a busy mom and wife, I never have much time for things to be off schedule. Here are a few tips to get out the door on time and stay on schedule as a Mom on the Move. Stay calm. Don’t lose it. Tip #1 To Get Out the Door on Time: Stay calm.… Read More 4 Tips to Get Out The Door On Time!
The widespread use of online and social media has given everyday people the ability to become well known in what seems like an instant. In pursuit of becoming an internet sensation, like Perez Hilton or Awesomely Luvvie, more people are sharing their opinions on anything and everyone for the chance at 15 minutes of [Facebook] fame.… Read More When Complete Strangers Cyber Bully Your Child