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How Much Sleep Does Your Tween And Teen Need?

“Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends …

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Homeschooling Your Tween Or Teen

Last week the Governor of Arizona announced that schools would remain closed for an additional week after the Spring break and yesterday that got pushed even further into the future making it another two weeks due to the Corona Virus outbreak. With schools and parents scrambling to figure out how to finish out the school …

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25 Life Skills All Teens Should Have Before Leaving Home

However long your teens are still at home before they go out into the big bad scary world on their own, they should have some basic life skills to fall back on when they are on their own. Sending them out on their own into the world is a terrifying prospect for me. How do …

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Reducing Teenage Conflict Amongst Siblings

I don’t know about your household during these crazy times with the Coronavirus and all, but ours is a bit chaotic already. Three teen siblings ages 13, 15, and 16 under the same roof at the same time with nowhere to go right now is making them stir crazy and the bickering and squabbling are …

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How To Really Connect With Your Teen

Parenting is never easy. It has its joys and struggles at every age and every stage. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world though. Our little ones aren’t so little anymore. In fact, each one of them is as tall as me or a bit taller. They’re in their teen years at 13, …

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How To Train Your Teen Not To Text And Drive

Here in Arizona, we have the hands free cell phone law enacted.  Financial penalties are very stiff, especially for teen drivers under the age of 18. I know for those of you with driving teens, you have already been promoting this message, but unless you have a camera in your teen’s car, you have no …

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When You’re Just Too Tired To Be A Fun Mom

Every morning when I wake up I plan my whole day out in my head. I picture myself fixing an elaborate breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and homemade maple syrup, french braiding both of my daughters’ hair, helping my son with his math homework, all of us being ready to go out the door early, and …

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7 Effective Tips For Parents To Limit Screen time

Humans and their smartphones aren’t a healthy combination. This is no longer disputed and indeed the American Academy Of Pediatrics warns to limit high-intensity high-quality digital media screen time to an hour a day for young children. Brain scans have shown that there is significant premature thinning in the cortex. Strong research has been coming …

Discipline And Your Angry Teenager

“I hate you!” as she stormed off into her room slamming the door behind her. This started all because my daughter wanted to go to her friend’s house and I simply said, “No! you haven’t finished your chores.” She did resurface some time later only to say, “You don’t understand me. You never listen to …