Welcome to Merry Meddling
What do you get when three decades of experience are distilled down to useable tidbits?
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.read more
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...read more
Typical advice, right? The question is, typical of whom? Is this something a gal would say, or would a guy say it? Would you most likely hear this from a teenager, or an octogenarian?
Test how savvy you are by taking this quiz! See if you can figure out who said what based on the attitude typical of their age.read more
I promise if you look closely at anyone who appears to be doing it all on her own, you’ll find “Supermom” actually has help…a husband, daycare, housekeeper, older siblings helping out younger siblings, relatives, secretary, a staff at work, a nanny, a virtual assistant, public transportation, food deliveries, restaurants, babysitters, dry cleaner, accountant, advisors, teachers, books, carpoolers…read more
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...read more
The woman cooed, “You have your daddy’s eyes.” The child wrenched her chin away, planted her fists on her hips, and declared, “I don’t have my daddy’s eyes. These are my eyes! I don’t look like a boy.”read more
This is why you must be in charge of the limits set for all aspects of her life… bedtime limits, homework limits, TV limits, social media limits, emotional limits, freedom limits, time limits, socializing limits, food and nutrition limits, sports limits, time alone in her room limits, shopping limits, relationship limits, etc.read more
Everything is a learning experience, including doing a presentation. If you can find a way to videotape yourself while you are presenting, you will find it invaluable when you look over it later. You will be able to see your strengths and your weaknesses, which side of the room you tend to look at, and how confident your overall performance appears.read more
Begin with baby steps Make your talks short and sweet in the beginning. Chat for a moment or two, and then excuse yourself. If your teen wants to continue the conversation, he’ll follow you out of the room. If he doesn’t, he won’t feel any pressure. It will be a pleasant experience for both of you.read more
But don’t stop there! Find ways to increase your activity at home. I asked the very creative members of CTRWA what they could do at their homes to increase their daily activity. Here’s some of what they came up with:read more
The First Five Fun, Fantastic and Fabulous Summer Activities
> Set up a Quidditch tournament, and form a team.
> Play Capture the Flag, Zombieland version, at a local park…One team Human; One team Zombies.
> Mow the lawn so it looks like a PacMan board, and play your friends.
You can eat anything else you want, as long as you fit in 4 cups of green veggies every day. It’s easy. One large salad will easily account for 2 cups. Have spinach or collard greens with your lunch, and green beans for supper, and voila!read more
The “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” philosophy does not work. It only serves to teach her that you don’t actually believe in the “Do As I Say” part. What you Say and Do ALWAYS matters. If she sees you living a lie, her trust in you suffers.
That, my friends, is the core of teen angst.read more
Both approaches jumble our emotions like a rollercoaster ride. Player A gets emotionally scrambled internally, and Player B is emotionally whipped externally. The Ref, on the other hand, doesn’t have either of those ups and downs. She understands her self worth as she simply observes.read more
To this day, I thank my lucky stars I wasn’t able to pluck her out of that clothes rack before she stopped screaming. If I had, I would have tried to bribe her to prevent my own embarrassment, anything to make her be quiet. I never would’ve learned my valuable lesson—read more
Create flashcards for your vocabulary, important dates and people, math equations, etc. There are many online flashcard programs, some of which are provided by your textbook company to go along with the chapters. Compete with the group members.read more
If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards your Final Exams Prep…Again. Yes, I know April just ended, but it’s time, and who doesn’t love a good strategy for ending the school year strong?
You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? Here’s a way to minimize it.
On her ninth birthday, she announced, “Now that I’m almost a teenager—”
“Hold it!” I had to stop her right there. “You are not almost a teenager. I will tell you when you are almost a teenager.”
“But Mom…read more
Science touches everything we do— including the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It affects the kinds of diseases we get and the medicines we use. It dictates what our kids are taught in school, what is discussed in the news, and what is debated in Congress. Science affects the jobs we have, and what powers our economy. It needs our help to remain pure, so join the March for Science.read more
One girl came into my class and slammed her books on her desk every single day. “I hate this class!” she would announce before dropping into her seat, glowering at me behind folded arms.
But I had the best topic in the world to teach.read more