Tag Archives: teenagers

Define "Homework"

I obviously neglected to read the entire parenting syllabus before my kids became teenagers. In fact, the older they became, the more lax I was in reading up on all their developmental milestones. I didn’t start out that way. I read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Your Pregnancy Week by Week” from cover… Read More »

Take the Toothpaste Challenge

I like minty-fresh breath. Especially when tucking the kids into their beds at night — I love the sweet smell of their fresh breath as they kiss me good night. When my son shared that “eau de spaghetti casserole” the other night, I sent him off to brush his teeth. “I was going to, mom,… Read More »

Stuff I Do For Free

My son saw a responsibilities chart in my daughter’s room tonight and asked if he could have one. We’ve tried all kinds of positive reinforcement systems since the kids were toddlers (I think potty training started it all — boy, did they get us trained!). Stars, Points, M&Ms, Skittles, you name it. He read down… Read More »