• Why Won’t My Teenager Get Out of Bed on Time?
    Parenting,  Teens

    Why Won’t My Teenager Get Out of Bed on Time?

    As a dad, one of the most trying tasks of parenthood can be getting your kids to go to sleep and then getting them out of bed in the morning. Teenagers are a challenge when it comes to sleep. They usually don’t want to get off their digital devices at night and can get crabby when you try and roust them for school. So, why won’t your teenager get up on time? Your Teenager is Hard-Wired to Hassle You Neuroscientists Dr. Sarah Blakemore did a fascinating TED Talk on teen brains and says your teenager finds it difficult to take direction from you at a biological level. So, when you…

  • How To Be A Positive Role Model For Your Teenagers
    Daddy Talk,  Parenting,  Teens

    How To Be A Positive Role Model For Your Teenagers

    Setting a good example for children goes so far beyond good manners and a tidy bedroom. As an adult and as a parent, you have a responsibility to show your teenagers good examples of the type of adult to become one day. Teenagers get a bad rep most of the time. There’s an awful lot that people have to say about the bad behavior of teenagers, but they don’t often talk about whether said teenagers had good role models in the first place. Children and teenagers copy the behavior that they are modelled; it’s why you hear researchers say that children in a home where alcoholism is prevalent are more…

  • 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…

  • Choosing A Car
    Cars,  Parenting,  Teens

    A Complete Guide To Choosing A Car For Your Child

    As much as we might like to deny it’s happening, our kids grow up fast. Before you know it they’ve gone from crawling around in a nappy to driving a car. It’s a proud moment for your child as everyone wants to learn how to drive. It’s probably the first time they really feel grown up and independent. While you’re not obliged to buy a car for your child, a lot of parents do consider it. There are some pros and cons to doing this, the obvious con being that it costs money for you! But, it’s a gift to say well done for passing their test and it can…

  • 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…