3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

When I started college, I was shocked by what my fellow freshmen were unable to do – laundry, making their beds, making a simple meal, and the list went on. Some of them were having a LOT of problems handling the adult portion of their…

Why and How You Should Read With Your Teen

Why and How You Should Read With Your Teen

Have you ever seen the movie The Princess Bride? The book starts with a grandfather reading a book aloud to his grandson. The grandson is less than excited in the beginning, but gets more and more into the book as the plot progresses. By the…

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

I’m a planner, especially when it comes to Back-to-School season. This lady prepares early. So, I planned my first day of school outfit several weeks in advance. As one does. However, one year I did not account for Restaurant Week. If your city doesn’t have…

What to Expect When Your Teen Starts High School

What to Expect When Your Teen Starts High School

My first day of teaching was also my students’ first day of high school. (Yay for teaching all 9th graders!)  I’m not sure who was more scared. As I nervously sweated through my clothes (TMI?), I realized my students were all terrified. Huge eyes, nervous…

Help Your Teen Have a Fun & Productive Summer

Help Your Teen Have a Fun & Productive Summer

School’s out for summer! As both a student and a teacher I looked forward to summer vacation, probably even more as a teacher. While I do believe in an old-fashioned summer for kids, that doesn’t mean that your teen should stare at a screen the…

How Parents Can Manage Teen Cell Phone Use

How Parents Can Manage Teen Cell Phone Use

A few years ago, one of my history students asked, “What was life like before the iPhone, Ms. P?“ As much as that question made me feel REAL old, I could see her point. My students’ lives have been completely taken over by cell phones.…

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When we moved from Virginia to Colorado, we had to drive ourselves and our cats halfway across the country. I had been warned about driving through Kansas, but didn’t believe it until I experienced it myself. From Topeka to Denver, there is nothing. Just fields,…

Build Memories that Last with an Experience Gift

Build Memories that Last with an Experience Gift

I remember very few gifts that I received as a kid – the My Little Pony barn (it was 🔥) and a blue flannel sleeping bag that I got instead of the Strawberry Shortcake one I wanted. That’s about it. Do you remember some of…

Fun and Useful Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Fun and Useful Stocking Stuffers for Teens

When I was dating the man who became my husband, I figured out really quickly that Christmas is his jam. He is obsessed. However, when we were comparing family traditions, I found out that his parents didn’t do Christmas stockings. {Gasp!} I know. No stocking…

Awesome Gifts for the Harry Potter Obsessed Teacher

Awesome Gifts for the Harry Potter Obsessed Teacher

So, I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fan. Just a bit. I’ve written about Harry Potter here and here. And maybe here as well. I’ve read all the books multiple times, seen all the movies, I listen to a podcast, and I’ve got lots…