• 5 Ways to Upgrade My Teenage Daughters Room
    Family,  Parenting,  Teens

    5 Ways to Upgrade My Teenage Daughters Room

    The time has finally come and we all knew it would get here, but not so quick. My youngest daughter is becoming a teenager in less than a month. For anyone that knows me personally, then you know this one is a hard one to take. With her becoming a young lady, she wanted me to upgrade her room. Now that she wants to redo her room, that means taking away the little girly stuff. She is now into makeup, shiny things and surprisingly things with meaningful messages. For me, that meant that I had to remove everything from her room and put new things in there. Changing Beds She…

  • Flying the Nest
    Kids,  Parenting,  Teens

    Flying The Nest: 4 Things To Do Before Your Kid Goes To College

    If you’re one of the millions of parents who have kids that are growing up fast, college is going to be one of the big things on your mind. Though it may be several months before your kid actually packs their bags and leaves, there are a range of things you need to do to make sure they’re fully prepared for this big adventure. Here are some of the most important things for your checklist… Teach them the Science of Laundry This is just as much for them as it is for you! As soon as you know college is a certainty, you should teach your kid to do their…

  • Drugs and Alcohol
    Featured,  Parenting,  Teens

    4 Ways to Discuss Drugs and Alcohol with Your Teen

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the best things ever to happen to me has got to be becoming a parent. It has taught me so much throughout the years, and some of them have been challenging. I’ve said numerous times that it’s more difficult being a parent in this day and age than any other. We can’t hide things from our kids because they’re dangerous because they most likely know about them before the parents. Social media has changed the game for everyone, and that’s why it’s very important to…

  • FIrst Apartment
    Money Matters,  Parenting,  Teens

    Tips for Helping Your Child Find their First Apartment

    As much as teens and young adults may think they own the world, the odds are good that when the time comes to move out, your son or daughter is going to be looking at you for guidance. If you’ve been a home owner for a while and are nicely settled in, you yourself may not know where to start. Here are some helpful tips for finding your child their first apartment. Help Them Budget As a general rule of thumb, rent should be no more than 25 percent of your son or daughter’s monthly earnings. If he or she has a partner or roommate, the rent should be no…

  • Child's First Date
    Daddy Talk,  Parenting,  Teens

    Your Child’s First Date: 6 Rules You Must Abide By

    Uh oh! It’s that time that every parent dreads. Their child is about to go on their first date, and you’ll instantly jump into protection mode. You don’t want anything to happen to your little bundle of joy, but you can’t stop them from dating. In fact, you need to follow a number of rules to ensure you both come out of this experience in a positive way. DON’T Interview The Date Its all well and good thinking you can scare the two of them, but that really won’t work. It’ll probably ruin the date, making your child angry with you in the process. This is already a very awkward…