Talking To Teens: Conversation Starters and Stoppers

Talking To Teens: Conversation Starters and Stoppers

How would you like to have free-flowing conversations with your teen? If you already find talking to teens easy, use the topics below for additional ideas. If, on the other hand, you are trying to engage a reluctant teenager in conversation, try this: Begin with baby...

8 Hours For Everything Else

To paraphrase Jamie K. Schmidt from her fabulous workshop on Writing Novellas, there are 24 hours in a day. That breaks down into: 8 hours of sleep 8 hours of work 8 hours for everything else 8 hours for everything else? That’s huge! That’s 56 hours a...

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Mom, as a child did you sneak into your mother’s room to explore the wonders it held? Did you try on her jewelry? Play with her mascara? Totter around on her heels? If you did, you know from personal experience teenage girls are eager to emulate their mothers, the...
The Quick Solution to Tantrums

The Quick Solution to Tantrums

The Quick Solution to Tantrums came purely by accident. I would love to say I planned and was prepared for it, but I wasn’t. My daughter’s first public meltdown left me scorched, but victorious. Creating the Tantrum The first time you bribed your toddler...

Fairly Certain meets When Harry Met Sally

My friend Bill and his wife were both showing horses in a Texas competition, one of their many friendly rivalries. Although Bill had one of the best performances of his career, to his surprise he failed to place even in the top ten. His wife, on the other hand, was...
The Mom Tribe

The Mom Tribe

As an author, I am often asked where I find my inspiration. Nearly everything comes from my surroundings. Anything you say or do may end up in my next story. Here’s a perfect example: I was in Bradley Airport, on my way to visit The Cherub in D.C., when a child’s...

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