Teenagers are notoriously difficult to entertain. Attention spans are short so on any vacation with them you are likely to hear a reoccurring chorus of “I’m bored”, “Where are we going next?”, and “Is this IT?” I recently spent eight days with my fourteen year old daughter and her soccer team in . . .
I have an eighth grade graduate this spring. There are plenty of ideas for high school and college graduates but shopping for this age group is a little trickier. Still child-like and innocent in many ways but they are becoming more independent with each passing day. So today I've put together gift . . .
I always enjoyed getting the candy along with the Valentine's Day cards from my classmates when I was in school (but mostly it was the candy I was after). For the second consecutive year the kids in my younger son's school are not allowed to bring food or candy to distribute with their Valentines. . . .
When my daughter suggested inviting friends over for a caroling party I jumped on the idea. It's been a minute since we could do anything like that and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to have a holiday party this year. Then my mind got around to food/drink for the kids and a hot cocoa bar idea . . .
One thing about becoming a more "seasoned" parent I never fully appreciated is the bigger the kids, the bigger the problems. In addition to my taxi driver/carpool duties, I'm a collector of my kids' emotional "garbage". My garbage collection shift begins at 3:30 everyday and starts with the . . .
We've been working really hard at helping our youngest child embrace books. He is a reluctant reader but after eliminating screen time for him a few months ago he is starting to turn to books more. Sometimes he reads them on his own. Sometimes he has Alexa read the audio book as he follows along . . .