Category: teenagers

College Care Package Ideas

Ashley B | October 7, 2021 | 26 Comments

If you have a college student in your family, you may have enjoyed having her around for the past several weeks. Chances are that she either went back to school within the past few days, or else she’s going back this or next week, and while she might be excited, she’s also likely to feel […]

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Ashley B | February 4, 2021 | 12 Comments

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. While it’s something that none of us wants to think about, dating violence among teenagers is a rampant problem. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 represent the demographic group most likely to be abused in a relationship, and one in ten high school […]

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Easter Gifts for Teens

Ashley B | April 10, 2017 | 13 Comments

Once your child has grown out of Easter egg hunts, what is there to do on Easter morning? First, you might be surprised at how much a teen will still enjoy an egg hunt if younger siblings are participating. Or, she might like to be the one to hide the eggs! Assuming you have no […]

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Backtalk: How to Stop Arguing With Your Child

Ashley B | March 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

When your child was a baby, you had to figure out what he wanted based on his crying. When was a toddler, you had to teach him not to whine. School-aged kids are usually fairly easy to communicate with, barring the episodes of intermittent regression to crying and whining, but as they get through elementary […]

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Fall Fun With Teens

Ashley B | September 21, 2013 | 5 Comments

You know that your teen needs your time and attention at least as much as he did when he was younger, if not more.  While it’s relatively easy to come up with fun parent and child activities for small children, it can be much more challenging to keep a teenager engaged and entertained. Sometimes, it […]

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Talking to Teens About Credit

Ashley B | April 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

We are currently in the process of buying our next home, which has been a great learning experience for our children. Before we applied for our new mortgage, I ordered copies of our credit reports, and we were surprised to see an error on my husband’s! Although we have never lived in Arizona, there was […]

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Prom Dress Shopping Tips

Tina | March 5, 2013 | 10 Comments

Spring brings with it many things: new blooms, weddings, spring break revelries. And if you’re the parent of a teenaged girl, somewhere between April and the end of May is prom season. That probably means that you’ll need to be prepared to pick out (and pay for) a prom dress. This can be end up […]

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Teen Dating: Ways to Handle It

Ashley B | January 18, 2013 | 36 Comments

The time has come, or it will be coming sooner than you imagine is possible: Your child comes home with stars in his (or her) eyes, sure that true love has been found. Your son might say that he’s “going out” or “dating” someone, or your daughter might throw you for a loop by casually […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Teens

Ashley B | November 18, 2012 | 20 Comments

The winter holidays are approaching, and that means gift shopping. And if you have teenagers to shop for, it probably also means a fair bit of worrying about what to get. Teenagers are some of the hardest people out there to buy for. In comparison, younger kids and and adults are a breeze! Cash or […]

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Kids and Politics: Talking to Kids About Voting

Ashley B | November 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

Are kids interested in elections? Well, yes and no. Your four-year-old probably couldn’t care less. Your ten-year-old, though, may very well be paying attention to things the adults are excited about, including election proceedings. Your thirteen-year-old is probably studying the election process in school. Your sixteen-year-old? She’ll be voting soon herself.
When to start talking to […]

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