Tweens & Teens: What’s on our bookshelf right now

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Parenting tweens and teens can feel a little out of control sometimes. Did we say too much? Are we saying enough? So advice from someone who’s navigated these waters before is helpful. That’s why I grabbed the book Parenting Teens with Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. [...]

Tweens and Teens: Removing the ‘but’ from your conversations with teens

Hey, mamas. Whether you have teens or not, this video clip is such an eye-opener. Shannon and I both have 14-year-olds right now, and this video we saw on the Your Teen magazine website made us realize how often we use the word “but” when we’re talking to them. Watch this quick video on what [...]

Tweens & Teens: How we can stay close during the pulling-away years

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Mamas, we are always on the lookout for great articles and posts that help us navigate the teen years. Shannon and I both have 14-year-olds right now, and my middle kid will be 13 soon, so we need all the tips and insight we can get. Recently we found this GREAT letter written by Gretchen [...]

Tweens & Teens: Riding the rollercoaster together

Is this guy “the teen whisperer”? We’re not sure about that, but we really do like some of his videos, which make lot of sense to us. Here’s one about what it means when our teens push and prod us:

Tweens & Teens: This may be the most challenging period of motherhood

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Mothers of middle-schoolers are the most depressed? Hmm. In a recent article on the website Aeon, researchers claimed that the most challenging period of mothering (and highest levels of depression can be found) during their kid’s middle-school years. That actually makes sense to us. Yes, you’re exhausted and stressed when the kids are babies, but [...]

Tweens & Teens: Social media’s impact on girls

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Shannon and I both have 14-year-olds now, so we’re reading everything we can get our hands on about teens and how to navigate those tricky waters. If you have a teen girl, you may want to find this book at the library, bookstore or download the e-book version. It’s called American Girls: Social Media and [...]

Tweens & Teens: My teenager vented about me on Instagram

Dear t(w)een moms, My teenager recently vented about me on Instagram and I happened to see it. When I looked the next day (I was still trying to figure out how to handle it) she had deleted it. So what to do if your kid says something negative about you on social media? I’m open [...]

Tweens & Teens: Diving into social media

We hope you’re enjoying our new feature! This month we asked our mamas of t(w)eens about how to handle social media, which is one of the biggest differences between when we were teenagers and today’s teenagers. We asked: What advice would you give moms with have kids who are getting interested in social media. What [...]

Tweens & Teens: When they get emotionally distant

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Note from Gwen & Shannon: We’ve revamped the Tweens & Teens category and it now features real-life answers from real-life moms who have tweens and/or teenagers. We’ve asked the moms to write anonymously so they can be as brutally honest as possible. One of the moms featured here is also a licensed professional counselor so [...]

Tweens & Teens: The back-to-school clothes dilemma

Note from the mamas: It’s the first week of school, which means your tween or teen might be asking for more new clothes, if he or she hasn’t bagged them already. To help you navigate those tricky waters, here’s a great post written by child psychologist Dr. Billy Jones of Mercy Health. Did you know [...]