Fortnite addiction fueling lots of heated arguments in my home

  My teenage son is working this summer at a fast food restaurant. His job gives him a lot of hours. Still, he manages to find plenty of time for video games, Fortnite in particular. My husband is completely annoyed by this video game madness. Part of the reason my husband is annoyed is that it has become a loud activity. It usually involves more…

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Is it okay for boyfriend/girlfriend to sleep over each others house?

Little did I know 4 years ago when I blogged about this topic, which at the time I was dealing with my daughter Olivia with, that it would get SO much response from both parents and teens!! I have to say it stirred up quite the controversy but yet, opened up amazing dialogue between both parties!  So, I thought I would repost the blog for…

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Do you get “earphone silence” from your teenager?

When I was taking my son to driving school this morning, I noticed he was wearing his earphones and watching something on his cell. The car was quiet, so I decided to put music on to maybe get his attention. Nothing. Then, I started to dance and move my arms around like a crazy mom. Nothing. Finally, I gently tap his foot to get his…

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How to build your teenager’s self-esteem

    Growing up, I felt like I was too skinny. When I flipped through magazines, I wished my boobs were bigger like the models and my curves were more pronounced. Now, with social media bringing images of a curvaceous Kylie Kardashian or a buff Zac Efron into the smartphones in the palms of their hands, its it’s even more difficult for teenagers to gain high self-esteem….

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Private School or Public School? Which is the better choice?

This morning after a 5:30 am run with my running group,  we had a discussion on public versus private school for our kids.  Now, keep in mind, we all have kids of different ages.  One has toddlers, another has elementary school kids, another has high schoolers and another has middle school kids.  I, of course, have college and high school age children. Niow,  keep in mind,…

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When should you let your teenager start dating?

    Teenagers hang out. Teenagers text each other. Teenagers socialize in groups. So, at what age do teenagers date? This has been a BIG topic of conversation in my home. My 16-year-old son, Garret just had his first experience with dating and decided he would rather not date right now. Garret has had a crush on a certain girl since first grade. They now…

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Why a father is worried about his son going to prom

    Paul Castronovo of Big 105.9 FM has been a radio personality in South Florida for decades. He also has another role that he is just as proud of — being a dad. Now that Castronovo’s son, AJ, has become a teenager, Paul is experiencing the challenges of fatherhood that many parents of teenagers confront on a daily basis. We had a fun conversation…

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Motherhood in 2018 is messy

    I am watching the Today Show, actually I’m listening to it on my car radio, when Savannah Guthrie describes motherhood as “messy.” Yes, Savannah that’s the word I would use, too. Motherhood in 2018 is messy. When you are the mother of young children, the mess is literal. Fingerprints on sliding glass doors, spilled juice in restaurants, filthy soccer cleats staining your carpets….

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How to deal with teen stress during final exams

    It’s here…that stressful time of year when a meltdown can happen at any given moment. As the school year closes out, the stakes get higher with final exams and parenting gets tougher. Push your teenager too hard and he or she could rebel or turn into a bundle of nerves. Don’t push enough and a poor or mediocre grade can kill your teen’s…

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