Should teenagers have a bedtime?

It’s 11 p.m. on Sunday night and my 17-year-old son is doing homework. He started it about an hour ago. A classic teen move, right? Staying up late and waking up early is definitely going to cause my son to begin his school week cranky. Once again, in this strange journey of raising teens, I am asking myself: Should teenagers have a bedtime? I remember…

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5 much needed tips for Spring Break travel with Teenagers

Teenagers go through puberty and think they know everything. They don’t realize they’re just on the cusp of knowledge, that they know less than nothing, and by thirty they’ll realize they know nothing, and finally be ready to truly figure out what life is all about. This is all well and good to think about from a distance, but if you’re the parent of a…

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One year after the Parkland Shooting: A Mother’s Perspective

Valentine’s Day use to be one of my favorite holidays. Now it will never be the same. As some of you may remember, my son Matthew is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and was there on the day of the tragedy. I was going to blog on how the year has affected me, Matthew and my family. But I found a letter from a…

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How to get your Instagram-obsessed teenager to read a darn book

I walked in our home a few days ago to find “Lord of the Flies” on the kitchen table. I quickly became excited and asked my teenage son if he planned to read the book. He explained it was for his English class and he was deciding whether he was going to read the book or just Google the title and see what he can…

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Is Online Driver’s Ed an Effective Way for My Teen to Get His License?

The inevitable time for your teen wanting to learn how to drive is fast approaching. Maybe you’re already at that point. While you may be relieved of chauffeuring your teen around — and even more relieved that they won’t hitch rides with friends as often — you still worry about their safety. Thankfully, there are Drivers Education courses out there that heavily stress the importance…

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