When I was a young girl growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I honestly did not see much in the way of a future for myself other than being a housewife if I stayed there. I didn't want to live my life in the same place from birth to death. I wanted to travel the world, experience everything that I could, meet new people. My mom, step-dad, and grandparents all supported my dreams and told me to focus on turning those dreams into a reality. My dad wanted me to join the service so that I could "see the world for free" as he put it. My nana was … [Read more...] about Why Parents Should Help Kids Focus on Turning Their Dreams Into Reality
Parenting Survival Tips
Let's face it - these kids were not born with a owner's manual to tell you how to fix a broken heart, or deal with attitude. Parenting is hard work, and not for the faint of heart.
No matter what you might be facing, if we've been through it, you will find our thoughts on the matter or tips from the experts (because we were too busy hiding in the closet with the chocolate and the wine to deal).
Have you recently begun to feel a little down? Do you no longer love who you are or how you look? The fact is that we all go through periods like these where we lose our way and have a small dip in confidence. Do you hate feeling like you're not the same person you once were? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. Did you know that 80% of parents feel the same way? Personally speaking, I've been feeling that way for the past 18 years! The fact is that parenthood can take its toll on your wellness and have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself … [Read more...] about Reasons You’ve Lost Your Mojo & How To Get It Back
Every parenting guide on the planet will tell you that love is the foundation of success, and there’s no argument against that fact. However, it would be naïve to think that this is the only key element to consider. To give your son or daughter the very best start in life, you’ll need to do so much more. A number of seemingly external matters can hold a huge influence on the family dynamic. Here are just five tasks that you must pay attention to at all times. Remember Yourself As a loving mother (and maybe wife), you are … [Read more...] about Love Isn’t All You Need to Be a Brilliant Mom
Realize The Need For A Talk About Drinking Many parents find talking to their kids about certain topics to be difficult, especially with older children who are about ready to go to college. This includes alcohol consumption but more particularly, alcohol abuse and the effects of alcoholism. Your child may try to avoid the discussion, and you may be unsure of how to proceed. However, considering the damage alcohol can do – even when consumed legally – it’s a necessary conversation. Don’t forget, your silence on this matter speaks … [Read more...] about Talking to Your Teen About Drinking
I haven't had a chance to sit down and write a really honest, behind-the-scenes post in a while. I've kept quiet about things that were going on here at home but to be perfectly honest, I'm stressed as hell and I can't seem to get off this merry-go-round that has become my life. On February 6th, 5 days before my 50th birthday, my 17-year-old son, JW, was arrested for petty larceny, unlawful entry, and larceny of a firearm. Three days before that, he had a meltdown when we wouldn't allow him out after curfew and he added a few new holes to his … [Read more...] about A Peek Into the Life of Parenting a Teen with Bipolar Disorder