I have three teenagers. They are obnoxiously eager to grow up. The kind of kids who take their driving test the first morning they legally can. I’ve taught two of them to drive. It is, hands down, the hardest thing I’ve done as a parent. I’d rather talk to them about genital warts than get into the passenger seat with one of them at the wheel. But I did it. So it is … [Read more...] about Teaching Teens to Drive – Tips to Help Keep Them Safe
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I keep thinking I know what the hardest part of parenting is, but then I find that every week, something harder comes along. This week, I’m feeling like the hardest thing about being a parent is accepting that we don’t always know who our kids are. It sounds kind of like that old parenting no-no of “Don’t try to force your kids to be who they’re not.” Like those dads who … [Read more...] about My Daughter Isn’t Who I Thought She Was
I hate when I hear know-it-all adults (ok, like me) condemn "technology" and "screen time" as destructive to family life and "real" communication between kids and parents. Why? Because as much as I rant at my three kids when they bring their iPhones to the dinner table, the truth is simple: technology has improved and enhanced my relationship with my kids. Not to mention … [Read more...] about Quit Telling My Teens Not To Text
If blondes have more fun and brunettes are the brainiest, then what are redheads? This question has come up quite frequently at my house lately, as two of my redheads have decided that life would be better if only they could change their hair color. My hair has a little red in it but I always wanted bright red hair. The type of gorgeous red hair that's the … [Read more...] about You Want To Do What With Your Hair???
The following is a guest post by singer-songwriter Stephanie QuaylePicture this, just outside Bozeman, Montana, miles of wild green fields, off a gravel road sits an old white farmhouse. Inside under the stairwell, tucked away perfectly is our weathered upright piano. I remember crawling up onto that piano bench and pressing my tiny fingers against those magical black and … [Read more...] about A Song Can Change Your Life