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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The holiday gift I regret giving my teenager

For the holidays, my 17-year-old son asked for over -the-ear headphones. Knowing they were expensive, he asked us to splurge and make it his only gift. We obliged, getting a good deal on the headphones on Black Friday. He unwrapped the gift with a huge smile and immediately put them on. Now just two weeks later, I am regretting giving him this holiday gift. Last…

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How my life with teens will be different in 2019

As we say goodbye to 2018, I am swearing off the behaviors that made my life and the relationships with my teens more stressful. I have had days where messy rooms launched me into a tirade and moody shoulder shrugging triggered a full out  lecture. So, I am waving hello to 2019 with actions that will improve my sanity and my parent/ teen relationships. I…

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What I learned as a mother this holiday season.

Well, it is Christmas, and the kids have opened all their gifts. Olivia is taking a nap before she has to get ready to go over her gramma’s house. Matthew is on the computer, and hubby is napping watching his favorite Christmas movie, DIEHARD. I have straightened up the gifts and put the house back in some sense of order and soon will be getting…

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Is Instagram giving teenagers anxiety?

From looking at a friend’s Instagram account, I thought her daughter was having the best high school experience. Yesterday, my friend told me her daughter hates high school. The conversation made me think about the “picture perfect” lives teenagers portray on Instagram and the stress it causes.  “Teenagers think everyone has a better life than they do,” my friend said to me. “It gives them…

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