Inside the Mind of Teens
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 Following is a guest post by Vanessa Van Petten, creator of a parenting website written from the teen perspective to help parents understand them. She is also the author of the parenting book, “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” (   When I was 16 I thought it was my [...]

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Words of Wisdom
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A kind word can change a life. Even when it seems as if children aren’t listening, they do value your expertise and rely on your support. One of the many priveleges I enjoy as a mother and an educator is the opportunity to impart wisdom to young people.  I’ve had a new opportunity to do [...]

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Filed Under (parenting tips, Something To Think About)

Be honest, did you read the title of this article and feel drawn to hear the dish?  Was there even a hint of interest in something that might surprise you, wow you, or horrify you?  If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.  People are drawn to gossip like mosquitoes to a lamp.  Similar to entranced insects, we should [...]

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Santa’s Helpers
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It’s handy to have a 13 year old girl around.  No, I’m not being facetious.  This busy holiday season has opened my eyes to the benefits of having a teen in the family.  Among the perks I’ve recently enjoyed, my teen: Decorated the house with her siblings - including retrieving decorations from the basement.  Imagine my [...]

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Tough Love
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It started with a simple matching game.  My four year old daughter and I sat together in a pile of clean laundry on the bed.  “Let’s see who can find the most pair of socks that match.”  A chore turned into play.  Matching socks progressed to folding washcloths then to putting clothes in drawers and [...]

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