All They Need Is LOVE…And Chores!!

This crazy job of parenting just got a whole lot easier! Author and former freshman dean of Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims, has written a book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, to document her experience and help parents reprioritize and refocus. Here is the basic […]

Believe in Holiday Magic….Even with Teenagers!

Believe in Holiday Magic….Even with Teenagers! ~Finding your secret weapon to make the magic happen.   Remember long ago when your adorable little kids were wild with energy and excitement around the holidays? When everything seemed magical and fun…. Matching pajamas … Piles of presents …. Eyes twinkling with excitement …. And now what? They […]

Have a Teenager? Join our Community Here!

Surviving Teen Years  is a community of  people who are trying really hard to understand and appreciate their teenagers. Joy Hartman works with teens of all ages as a family therapist in Wisconsin and has the unique experience of raising three moody, eye-rolling teenagers of her own. For more  fun and support  on this crazy […]

This Thanksgiving I Choose to Be Thankful For My Teenagers

Some days it’s really hard to be grateful for teenagers. So as we approach Thanksgiving, I pause to share my gratitude for these moody, irritable, creatures that have moved into my once peaceful, easy going home. Maybe in a few years when I am looking back at the teenage years, I will have more profound […]

I Wish Every Teenage Girl Knew The Secret To Being Beautiful

It is not perfectly straightened hair. Nor is it the must have mascara color, the shirt tied in the back so perfectly that the hair tie doesn’t show, the shortest shorts, or the right name brand of clothes. I wish every young girl, every girl, heck even 40 year old girls, could know the secret […]

What I Won’t Miss About Being Room Mom!

  Making “a few copies” for the teacher. No teacher in the world has “a few copies”. It’s more like 23 copies of forty-seven pages and they would like them on color coordinated, rotating sizes of different shaped paper, please! I love every teacher out there, and am in awe of your dedication and talents, […]

Have a Teenage Girl? Hang on for a Wild Ride!

  Parenting teenage girls comes with a rollercoaster of emotions and endless worry! I know because I am the lucky mom to two teenage daughters, 13 and 14!! I didn’t plan that or have any idea what I was getting myself into. Every day is a new adventure in drama, angst, and moodiness; and that’s […]

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