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Teen Drivers: There is NO Substitute for Experience

Teen Drivers: There is NO Substitute for Experience

Our teen driver got her licence in March. After 6 months of driving everywhere she goes (with Mom as a passenger) and spending countless hours on the weekends driving (with Dad as the instructor), she now has a piece of paper that says she is capable of driving on her own. {Insert fear and trepidation(…)

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10 Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers

10 Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers

We have our first teen driver in our home. We have spent countless hours on the road, in the passenger’s seat, preparing her for this new and important task. Teaching teen drivers can be a scary task! It is more than just the mechanics of driving, there are so many things to think about and(…)

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Are You an Easy-to-Listen-to Parent? (And Other Parenting Tools)

Are You an Easy-to-Listen-to Parent? (And Other Parenting Tools)

I am going to start by telling you my parenting truth… I am not an “Easy-to-listen-to” parent. Sigh. I am however working on it! With a few simple parenting tools, I am learning to (and we can all improve), the tone in our house, as well as our relationships with our children. Using 8 simple(…)

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Help Limiting Kids Screen Time with FREE Printable List

Help Limiting Kids Screen Time with FREE Printable List

What exactly is considered screen time?Do you struggle with the screen time balance? Do you have a kid who lives for their screen time? Here I want to offer you help for limiting kids screen time… and not sending yourself off the deep end! I have a 12 year old son here who lives for(…)

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In Real Life Mommy Moment #1

In Real Life Mommy Moment #1

So I gave this In Real Life Mommy Moment a #1 just in case I ever decide to sit down and write another one….hey, you never know! The events that happened this morning just needed to be shared, so here I sit to tell you about our morning. Anyone who knows us knows that we(…)

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Yes or No Mom?

Yes or No Mom?

It became glaringly obvious recently that I may just lean more toward the side of fun killer than fun creator. Sad, but true. Unfortunatley, NO might just come out of me a tad more than YES! So I ask the question Yes or No Mom? and does it really have to be one or the(…)

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How to Create a Morning Routine and Chore Chart

How to Create a Morning Routine and Chore Chart

I was tired of getting to 3 pm and realizing how much had been let go. Kids still in pjs, teeth not getting brushed, rooms a mess and so on. We then scramble around to get hair brushed and clothes on so we can get out the door for our evening activities. This year I(…)

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Unconditional Love & Parenting

Unconditional Love & Parenting

As I drive in the car, on the rare occasion when I have no children in the car, I find myself listening to the song Unconditional by Clay Davidson. As I listen to the words in this song, tears spring up as soon as it hits, “You can’t stop my love for you“. Is this(…)

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The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

Social media is becoming an all-encompassing force in the lives of our children. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat allow them to be connected with their friends nonstop throughout the day. As a parent, it can be difficult to feel like they’re ever really engaging with you when their eyes are constantly scanning the screens(…)

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No More Perfect Kids!!

No More Perfect Kids!!

Before you had children, you most likely dreamed of children. You dreamed about what it would be like, who they might resemble and how your family life would be with them. These expectations can lead to disillusionment and disappointment for you and your children. No More Perfect Kids was written to help you shatter your(…)

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Just 18 Summers ~ Time With Your Children is Fleeting

Just 18 Summers ~ Time With Your Children is Fleeting

Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox is in fact the title of the book that inspired this article. With Just 18 Summers until their children are grown, the characters in this novel grapple with guilt and how precious time is. But this idea has dug so much deeper into my soul and(…)

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Book Review: The Secrets of Happy Families

Book Review: The Secrets of Happy Families

About the book: The book that revolutionized our view of what makes families happy . . . Determined to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler gathered team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques from the most creative minds—from Silicon Valley to the(…)

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