Weed Out the Confusion: Driving Under the Influence

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My oldest just turned 16, and driving is a HUGE deal.  I do a lot of educating about drinking and driving, even though I’m pretty sure my daughter isn’t a drinker.  However, a huge issue that is facing teen parents in some places is driving under the influence of marijuana, which is why I’m so […]

How to Get Your Kids Away from Their Devices

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  A common concern for parents today is that our children are spending far too much time glued to tablets, phones, and other screens. They’re missing out on all the fun that comes with being young, having adventures, and playing with toys. Gone are the days where 10-year-olds still enjoyed dolls and puzzles. Now, kids […]

Date Night Ideas for Busy Parents

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Being a parent is a full-time job. It’s even more stressful if you both have day-jobs that you need to take care of as well. Between work and your kids, it can feel like the romance between the two of you has died. Thankfully, all you two need is a little alone time to remember […]

Pre-K Learning Support: Getting Help for Very Young Children

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It can be hard to be a parent – especially of young children.  I remember worrying over my two girls – are they developing properly?  What can I do make sure I give them the best chances possible in life?  Mark K. Claypool and John M. McLaughlin are CEO and Director of Research and Analytics […]

4 Ways to Establish a Check-In Routine With Your Kids


You’ve checked all the local rules, talked to your kids and decided they’re old enough to stay home alone. But you’re still a little worried. What if something happens on the way home or they don’t know what to do in an emergency? Ease those fears by establishing a check-in routine  Check in With Neighbors Neighbors […]

Back to School Teacher Gifts with Wet Ones® Hand Wipes


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes. The opinions and text are all mine. I received free samples of products from Wet Ones®. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. #BTSWithWetOnes #CollectiveBias I can’t believe that it’s almost time for back to […]

Are Teen Vaccines on Your Back to School List?


This post was sponsored by Unity Consortium as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. By this time, most of the items on your teen’s back to school list is (hopefully!) checked off, if they aren’t already back to school.  But it’s possible that […]

Set an Example for Your Kids When it Comes to Career Goals

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  Parents are responsible for teaching their kids all kinds of lessons in life. Many of these life lessons are ones that will help them to succeed and realize their true potential. If you’re currently trying to emphasize the importance of having career goals and you’re looking for the best way to go about it, […]

5 Things College Students Should Take Back to Campus

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Only a couple of more years until my oldest heads off to college, but for now we are both enjoying her high school years, although there is always the pressure of preparing her the best I can for college.  Sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly what to do as a parent! In a new op-ed […]