"Deciding on a curfew for my teens is more than just knowing the curfew within my city. Sure, that’s a start, but there are a lot of other factors to consider. Every child is different, which means one size won’t necessarily fit all. My children have different personalities, and that means the conditions with which I make that decision would have to be based on a lot more than my personal experience."
I remember being a teenager. It wasn't easy. I regularly felt inadequate, depressed and lonely. I often compared myself and my life to the lives of those around me.
"I understand how it’s easy to think that parents have it all figured out by the time kids are teens. But that's no true. In fact, raising teens might even be harder than raising toddlers."
"Supporting my children has always been a very important part of my parenting journey. Whether it's helping them pursue a small goal or a much larger dream, I want them to always know I will always be 100 percent behind them."
"Back then, they were so happy and inquisitive, which is a far cry from the intense drama-filled encounters and know-it-all attitudes I am often faced with today."
If you're a parent who is quickly approaching this time in your teenage son or daughter's life, check out these tips from a mom who's currently going through it.
As kids get older, filling Easter baskets becomes increasingly challenging. Here are some ideas for the teens in your life.
"I feel exceptionally lucky. The only exciting thing I’ve had to deal with at this age so far is drama, which is pretty minor and resolves relatively quickly. I actually find myself rejoicing in the day-to-day frivolousness of it because I know the arguments at this age could be so much worse."
"While grades are certainly important, they shouldn't be everything. We need to make sure we are sending compassionate and good kids off to college and, eventually, into the world."
"I can actually think of 10 things I’ve done that were easier than my current task of raising two teenagers."
It's easy to forget the importance of self-care, but it's really simple to actually do. After intentionally taking a "me" day, here are some tips from one local mom for parents who need to take time for themselves.
"Sometimes I feel haunted by what I might have done wrong, but I think that’s just part of being a parent. We never quite feel like we’re doing or have done enough for our kids — even when we do more than we should."
Right now, remember that with the right level of humor and cynicism, raising teens can also be entertaining — even if it's also really exhausting. Here are some tips from a parent currently going through it.
Talking to and teaching kids about money isn't an easy task for parents. Here are some tips from some moms currently going through it.
A mom used her own experience with toxic relationships to help teach her two teens all about it.
"When their priorities get screwed up, which happens often with teenagers, it means I have to do my best set them back on the right path. For me, this is one of the hardest parts of being a parent."
Here are a few tips to help your teen driver stay safe on the roads this winter.
Let your tween or teen have some fun and celebrate the new year with these fun and safe ideas.
Here are 10 ideas to help any last-minute gift buyers this season.
"The most I did during these last few weeks of having my routine all screwed up was eat, sleep and work. It left very little time to tend to household chores. And I felt like I barely saw my family at all."
In an effort to be more creative, this Omaha mom decided to think outside of the box when considering just the right present for her teens in the coming years. One idea? A family vacation.
As the holidays approach, families everywhere will gather to spend time with one another and make memories. Why not add an extra layer of fun with some games?
"Black Friday shopping is one of the few societal holiday traditions I just can’t seem to get on board with. As hard as I’ve tried to make sense of it, I’ve never understood waking up at the butt-crack of dawn to fight people for a few deals."
"No matter how each (tradition) started, they all have a special place in our heart and I’m sure we would all be devastated to see any of them come to an end."
Volunteering is great — especially for teens. It teaches teens compassion, humility, responsibility and other essential life skills they can carry through life. Here are a few ideas to help you and your teen decide where he or she may want to volunteer.
I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at disciplining my children.