“I’m leaving my family for a week! It’s the longest I’ve ever been away from them and I’ve never traveled for fun without them!”
Dear Teenager, I see the eye roll and the knee bending already, so I won’t take up too much of your time. Let me start by saying that you really hurt my feelings the other day. Well, you pretty much...
Parents and teenagers debate many issues but technology and social media usage is one of the hottest, hot buttons I’ve discussed with my parenting friends. The time spent on phones, tablets and computers is overloaded with conflict and many differences of opinions. Social media usage and even how much time parents themselves spend scrolling and posting affect our kids and demonstrate what we value as important.
My little boy is about half-grown. He looks up at me over a tower of Legos as I write. He is suspicious -- he knows I am studying him and writing things down. He looks at me with his...
With 2019 peeking around the corner ready to knock big sibling 2018 out of the way and assume the spotlight, it’s time to start setting some goals and, if you do that sort of thing, setting some resolutions for...
What my teens remember fondly and what they hated about those early years at Christmas surprised me. I’ve learned a few things, made some mistakes and discovered what seems to be most important to my children. What I thought would make their Christmas magical and perfect was different than what I imagined. So the following list is made with love and respectfully offered to help the rookies and parents with small children give themselves a little bit of breathing room this holiday season.
I grew up in a small family without a lot of traditions. I watched every holiday commercial and Thanksgiving or Christmas special longing to be a part of a large, boisterous, happy family who had lots of meaningful traditions...
Girls often get a bad rap for being cruel and cliquish and have a Mean Girls attitude but my from what I can see what teen girls say about themselves is sometimes worse than what they say about each other.
I think most parents instinctively guard their children against obvious dangers but when are we using our own experiences to color our kids' view of the world? I think parents have a tendency to size up a situation because they've seen too many things go wrong. Is there a way that we can steer our kids around the same mistakes we made without infringing on their own observations?

In Defense of Fortnite

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I know, I know. Put down your pitchforks. Screen time for young children is the modern-day equivalent of giving your kid a sip of beer, but hear me out. We’ve all seen the studies: too much screen time is bad. How much...

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Family-Friendly Hikes Around Chattanooga

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Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or are a local, there are so many beautiful hiking spots to enjoy! Along with breathtaking views of the...