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What To Post About On Your Mom Blog About Your Family’s RV Trip

If you run a mom blog, you should know full well that a family RV trip is far too big of an opportunity to pass up to write about.

In fact, you can probably get multiple posts out of a single RV trip, even if it’s only a quick…

Adorable flower girl dresses to choose from

As the music rises and your guests’ heads start to turn, they’ll be delighted to see the cutest little members of the wedding party start making their way down the aisle.

The tradition…

The Importance of Dinner Together

Many mothers believe that the single most important activity you can do with your children is to read to them at night, help them with schoolwork to make sure they get good grades, or make sure they are always nearby.  …

All Blog Posts Tagged 'teen' (68)

Knowing when to text them

When I was a freshman in college, I waited a full month before I asked my Mom if I could come home for a visit. It felt like forever. We talked a bunch that first month over the phone, but she never asked me if I wanted to come home. Was that hard for her?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 14, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

It's allergy season...for teenagers

I know it is Spring: My car is covered in hyper-yellow pollen and my son and I have started to take our allergy medicine more seriously than in the other months. I used to think that he wasn't going to develop allergies, but a quick glance at his puffy eyes and runny nose has me breaking out the children's medicine so he can dry up and get back to bike rides.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Is My Son Possessed??!

Hello fellow mommies! I really need your advice! Lately my son Winston has been distant from me. He doesn’t let me pick out his clothes anymore. He’s also been wearing a lot of SUPREME and Thrasher and fake Gucci clothes and I’m afraid he is becoming a hoodlum! I think he may be apart of some internet cult called ‘Fortnite’ and I’m worried for his innocence. I found a flash drive under his pillow along with an odd flashlight. I tried to plug the flash drive…

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Added by Jennifer Smith on March 30, 2018 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Thinking about future support

It was time for my son to get ready for bed (or as we call it: his "clean routine"). He likes to stall some nights (shocking, I know), but after a few minutes, he gave in to our insistence that it was time to move along. As he was going up the stairs, he called out to us: "I won't be staying here with you forever, you know. One day, I'll move out."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 26, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

When you could really use some guidance

I was listening to some parents chat about the relationship their teenagers have with their school guidance counselor. These parents were describing one-on-one meetings, advice given about extra classes and lots of phone calls to schools for college-bound students.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 5, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments

Learning to moderate your own screentime

My son loses screentime when he breaks one of our family rules. This is a consequence that he is aware of - if you were to ask him about it now, he would recite it. But it doesn't make the punishment any easier to accept; he hates losing his screentime.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Asking your child for their thoughts

I often ask my son what he thinks about things.



Sometimes, this goes really well, and he will give me a great insight into how he is feeling. For example, I had to take him to a religious site for cub scouts over the weekend, and I took him to a Catholic church (he's never been before). I asked him…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 13, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

What colleges want from your kid

I was recently listening to two of my girlfriends who each have older children chat about the college admissions pressure that their kids were going through. I heard the expected comments around grades and test scores and extra curriculars, but then I heard some things that shocked me - including that the discussion around college started after eighth grade.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 17, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments

I'm teaching you to become an adult

A friend of mine told me (semi-jokingly) where it all went wrong. He said he gave his son a great childhood and they became buddies during his son's teenage years. He said that this is the reason why now - when his son is in his 20s - my friend can't get him to leave the nest. My friend doesn't blame his son: Why would anyone want to trade in a cushy life in a happy home for many poor years in a crappy job and a small…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments

Who taught you how to drive like that?

I was a late-in-life driver. There were a number of reasons why that is, but when it was time for me to learn what to do behind the wheel, my parents were not available to teach me. So, my Mom got me a driving instructor. (Thanks, Mom!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2017 at 6:46am — 2 Comments

Spotting the baby bump

When I was pregnant, I started to notice how many other pregnant women there were around me. They were everywhere! Of course I know that there were always a lot of pregnant women around, but it really took me being pregnant to notice other women in the same condition as me. Or maybe I started noticing them because I started hanging out in the same stores as them buying maternity clothes and baby toys.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 25, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments

Preparing for school stress

A friend of mine told me about the orientation she went to for her daughter's high school. She said that the best and worst moment was when the school's principal addressed the parents to say they should stop making their child lunch. The principal said that it was the child's job to make themselves lunch every day and that was one of the many painful steps parents were going to have to go through.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

Teen driving safety: ultimate guide for parents

Learning how to drive and getting out on the roads is yet another step into the adulthood your teenage son or daughter will eventually make. As…

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Added by Helen Shep on July 21, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments

The teenage summer job is: Studying

When I was a teen, I talked to my Mom about getting a job. She told me that I already had a full-time job, which was to be an excellent student. So, I stayed unemployed and maintained excellent grades. When summer approached, I talked to her again about getting a job, and she reminded me that I would be working my whole life: I should enjoy the summer off while I could.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 14, 2017 at 6:50am — No Comments

Alert: Your child missed an assignment today

I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

Remembering the person you were in high school

A few months ago we took our son to the local high school to watch a robotics competition. In addition to the robotics, he loved seeing the older students and spent some time talking about how large the school was and what he would learn there.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 15, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments

Sleeping on the job

Before I go to bed, I check in on my sleeping son. I love to watch him sleep - he is so still and peaceful and quiet. I often wonder what he is dreaming about as he lays there so still, usually with an arm wrapped around a stuffed animal friend.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments

The person you will be one day

When my son was only five weeks old, we toured the school we would be sending him to when I returned to work. We walked through each of the brightly lit rooms, starting with the infant room. We ended the tour in the room of three-year-olds. Those children looked massive to me and I could not wrap my head around my little baby being one of those giants one day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2017 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Maybe you won't have to nag your teen for a while

Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

If you are going to nag your teen, nag them about this

My son really, really wants to start the car for me.



He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

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