Tag: tweens

Family Road Trip from Knoxville to Abingdon, Virginia

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  It’s hard to believe, but summer is just days away. No matter how old (or how young) you are there is just a certain...

Tips on Parenting Teens from a Volcano Dweller

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Friends, I’m going to get real with you: Parenting teenagers isn’t for the weak. It’s barely for the strong.  At least once a day, I...

So, What the Heck Should I Feed my Kids?!

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Today's parenting world differs in many ways from that which my mother experienced. Granted, life and motherhood in the Western world tends to shifts...

Reading “With” Your Older Kids

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It has been said that the best way to get to know someone’s heart is to experience art with them -- listening to their...

My Kids Don’t Have Smartphones and I’m Not Sorry

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I am a child of the '80s and came of age in the '90s. Technology was limited to the Walkman, then the Discman, cable...

Why I Love Having Older Kids

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I remember not too long ago when I said goodbye to naps with my youngest. It was so sad to have that quiet "me"...

Summer Reading Goals

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Summer is here! We've made it, friends! And while many of us look forward to this sweet time of family togetherness when school gets...

Celebrating Birthdays Big

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My mom was Pinterest before there was Pinterest. She once turned a washing machine box from the local appliance store into a jukebox for...

Confessions of an Old School Mom

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I used to say that I was a Mean Mom. It was in a joking way, but there was truth there. I felt like...

The Ultimate Babysitter Checklist

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Date night is really happening. You’re dressed and ready to go. The babysitter is here. You have actual plans. Now comes the long list...

How We Knew it Was Time to Have The Talk

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In the spirit of Sophia Petrillo, picture it: 2013. A beautiful Saturday morning in May. My nine-year-old son Jeremy and I are enjoying the...

Best Night Ever!: New Year’s Eve with Kids

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In 2013, our family moved to a new naval base the day after Christmas. Homesick for Tennessee AND our home and friends in Maryland,...