• Helpful Tips on How to Prepare Your Kids for College
    Education,  Family,  Parenting,  Teens

    Helpful Tips on How to Prepare Your Kids for College

    There is no denying that kids grow up fast. One minute they are dependent on you for their every need, and the next, they are young adults starting on their journey to independence. When your kids reach the age when they go out into life alone and follow their own path, it can be tough on parents. Seeing your kids thrive is a great feeling, but this is usually coupled with worry about them being in the big wide world without you by their side. When your child heads off to college, it can be a challenging time, and you may feel concerned about how they will cope. To help…

  • 4 Ideas On How to Help Your Teenager Be Adventurous
    Family,  Kids,  Parenting,  Teens

    4 Ideas On How to Help Your Teenager Be Adventurous

    Teenagers in this day in age spend most of their lives online, and it can be hard as a parent to engage them in exciting activities. However, all is not lost, here are some simple tricks to help your teenagers experience new things. Surprise The first thing to try is to surprise your kids! Usually, when being surprised, kids don’t have a lot of time to think before acting. This is great for teenagers because teens are very self-conscious, as it’s due to their brain development. So, in using the element of surprise, it allows them to just be in the moment. Share your interests As a child growing up…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Gift Ideas for Teenage Son
    Daddy Talk,  Teens

    Amazing Gift Ideas Your Teenage Son Will Love

    It’s tricky trying to buy an amazing present that your teenager will love. And teenage boys are always so much worse to buy for than girls! Everything they have needs to be just right. Otherwise, they won’t think it’s cool. If you are struggling to find a fantastic gift for your teenage son’s birthday, we’ve made it easier for you. Here’s our list of awesome gift ideas that your teenage son will love. Sports Memorabilia Whether your son is into basketball or baseball, you will certainly be able to impress him with some great sporting memorabilia. You can keep it simple and just buy him the shirt that his favorite…

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Education,  Featured,  Life,  Teens

    Educate Ourselves and Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Back in my day, when I heard the word “bath salts” it would make me think of something you add to the bathtub. Times have changed so much and bath salts have taken on a new meaning and unfortunately it’s not a good thing. According to DrugAbuse.gov, bath salts are usually white or brown crystal-like powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “Not for Human Consumption.” Not only are bath salts an issue in the drug world, but so…