Parenting

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

I was raised by a busy single mom. But every year she took extra time off during Christmas Break to spend with my brother and me. Family time got harder to come by as we got older. Jobs, friends, and other commitments got in the […]

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

“Wow – you teach high school? That must be rough. Teenagers are horrible.” I have heard variations of that phrase over and over again through the years. Have you? Have you said it yourself? Everyone seems to hate teenagers. And I get it. They can […]

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

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Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Have you attended a cattle call, I mean high school parent-teacher conferences lately? You have 2 hours to meet with as many teachers as possible. The teachers are all sitting at desks in the gym with the world’s smallest timers. Do you stand in a […]

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Moby Dick was almost my downfall. I was in junior Advanced English and doing well. Until we read Moby Dick. Half the time I had no idea what was happening in the book, let alone the deeper meaning and symbols. Yet all my classmates seemed […]

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer + How to Find Volunteer Opportunities

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer + How to Find Volunteer Opportunities

I can’t draw, but boy can I paint. Paint by numbers, that is. I was volunteering at a Washington, DC public school, helping paint murals on the walls. Luckily, someone else had already drawn the mural on the wall and I simply filled in the […]

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

The last week was ROUGH. Like “Where is the chocolate? I need it in my mouth right now before I end up crying in the fetal position” kind of rough. Even more than a week later, I am still processing what happened in Charlottesville and […]

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The clock is ticking down . . . to the first day of school. And in some places, school started this week. This week, people. Are you ready? Is your teen?   If your teen only goes back to school with 1 school supply, I […]

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

You’re trying to hurry the family out the door to start the day. And everyone is running late. Your oldest kid slept late. Your daughter can’t find her flute. Your son’s calculator and math homework are missing. Ugh. You just need to get.them.out.the.door. via GIPHY […]