Teaching Teens Manners: Is It A Lost Cause?

Is teaching teens manners a lost cause? I’m beginning to think so. It’s not like I didn’t teach them these skills when they were younger. I think that they’ve just forgotten over the years. I decided that before they move out completely, we needed to have a discussion about manners and etiquette. This post has […]

How to Choose the Safest Child Car Seat and Why

Have you been wondering how to choose the safest child car seat? As parents, we want to do everything we possible can to keep our children safe and healthy. We install child safety locks, read the ingredients list on their snacks and shampoos, and have discussions about stranger danger. But, how safe is the car […]

How to Teach Your Kids to Cook Healthy Foods and Enjoy Them

Have you ever wondered how to teach your kids to cook healthy foods? It seems like so many of the foods that are marketed to children are unhealthy. They’re encouraged to microwave a carb-heavy breakfast sandwich or dunk their pre-sliced apples into a dipping sauce with high fructose corn syrup. Yes, I want my kids […]

How to Talk to Teens About Drugs Honestly

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you struggling with how to talk to teens about drugs honestly? Kids today are a lot more street smart and aware than we give them credit for. While I regularly kid my son […]

How to Create a Safe Space for Your Baby

Figuring out how to create a safe space for your baby is probably one of the first things a new parent thinks of. There are so many dangers in your home that seem perfectly harmless at first glance. While we all think of things like cleaning agents and hot kitchen appliances, there are things that […]

Following Up with Life Reimagined and Adjusting

You may remember that last month I talked a bit about how I was struggling to adjust to changes because my son and his fiance have moved back home. While I love having both kids and their significant others at home, it’s caused some changes to my routine, and I don’t always do well with […]

How to Reconnect with Nature Today

Have you been wondering how to reconnect with nature? Maybe you’ve been putting in too many hours at work. Or, maybe you’ve been watching more TV than you have been spending time outside. I spend more time staring out my office window, wishing I was outside than I do outside. I spend about an hour […]

How to Encourage Positive Risk Taking

Most parents hear the words risk taking and think of something negative and impulsive. Not all risks are negative and learning how to encourage positive risk taking in our children is important for their growth and success. Children that are afraid to take any risks at all often have a difficult time making friends, learning […]

How to Discuss Social Media FOMO With Your Teens

Have you had to discuss social media FOMO with your teens? Or is it a problem that you’re struggling with yourself? Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a relatively new phenomenon, but it’s something that many children, teens, and even adults struggle with every day. It’s that fear that someone else is doing or seeing […]

How to Explain Memorial Day Etiquette to Kids

What exactly is Memorial Day etiquette? Before you head out this year to the parade or celebration in your town, take a few moments to understand the expected way to behave so you can be certain your children understand. My Father retired from the Navy so Memorial Day in our home has always been a […]