Teen Advice Quiz Week Three

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 3

If I knew then what I know now… but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I’m offering some advice… with a bit of a twist.

I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one question:

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 15-year-old self, knowing what you know now?

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Teen Advice Quiz Week 1

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 1

If I knew then what I know now… but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I’m offering some advice… with a bit of a twist.

I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one question:

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 15-year-old self, knowing what you know now?

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Teen Advice Quiz Week Two

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 2

If I knew then what I know now… but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I’m offering some advice… with a bit of a twist.

I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one question:

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 15-year-old self, knowing what you know now?

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Supermom or Awesome Mom?

Supermom or Awesome Mom

Are you confused as to whether you are Supermom or Awesome Mom? Since there is no such thing as the former, you must be the latter.

Say it right now, aloud:

I’m an Awesome Mom!”

Does that make you uncomfortable, or perhaps it doesn’t feel like the truth?

Let me clear it up for you. You are an Awesome Mom. How can I say that without knowing you?
Because you are reading this right now. That makes you the kind of mom who tries to find a better way for your beloved children. Regardless of how busy you are, or how overwhelming your life is, you are taking the time to seek solutions. That’s Awesome! And, so are you. Read more ›

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When Caffeine Becomes Creepy: 10 Surprise Sources

Caffeine, the wonder-addiction. Why do I say that? Because by slipping it into foods you consume, the company creates a need in you. You have to have more of the product to feel energized so you can compete at work or school. Basically, you are being trapped into becoming a permanent customer. It’s the same reason why Coca-Cola used to lace its products with cocaine until it was forced to stop. That’s when caffeine becomes creepy.

Nowadays, caffeine is the drug of choice. Did you know that chocolate has added caffeine? You can find it listed in the ingredients as Other Flavors or Spices or, my favorite gmo label Personal-Impact.orgmisnomer, Natural Flavorings (which are all code for “we aren’t going to tell you what’s in here”). According to Honor Whiteman in Medical News Today, so are things like jellybeans, waffles, chewing gum and syrup. That’s crazy (in my humble opinion). Read more ›

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Girls Who Look Like Daddy

The Awesome Moms Communication Handbook: How To Keep Your Daughter From Slamming the DoorLittle girls automatically want to look like their beautiful mother. Life is much simpler if they resemble the lead female in the home than for Girls Who Look Like Daddy. However, if your daughter resembles her handsome dad, it can mess with her self-concept. Well-meaning relatives who pinch her toddler cheeks and say, “Oooh, you look just like your daddy!” don’t understand that it matters to her little girl self to be compared to a man. Read more ›

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The Parent-Teen Tango

I’m pretty sure whoever coined the phrase, “It takes two to tango” was talking about The Parent-Teen Tango, specifically the mother-daughter relationships during the tumultuous teens. The tango is a dance between two conflicted people, filled with frustrated love and human fatality.

“In a relationship, you can try and please the other person 100% of the time thinking that that’s what’s going to make the relationship successful but in reality you’ll end up not only with your needs unmet, but also resenting the other person for not appreciating all your sacrifice and your compromise.

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7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation

It’s Presentation Time! (Yay!)

Does the idea of doing a presentation make you want to run and hide? Perhaps your grades depend on a dazzling oral demonstration of your knowledge, or the direction of your job hangs in the balance. My advice?

Be prepared, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

How would you like 7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation? Here’s where you begin: Read more ›

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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: Read more ›

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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 week! That’s more than enough time to fit in everything, including writing and exercise (and laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and most importantly, nurturing the important relationships in your life). Read more ›

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