Hitting Midlife and Parenting Teens and Tweens

I remember being so overwhelmed when my girls were babies and toddlers.. they were in constant motion and there was never a moment of rest. I will never forget the one time that I was shopping at Giant and the checkout lady said to me “Honey, there is nothing wrong with your kids that can’t be solved by soap and water.” 10 years later, I realized how right she was.

There are a lot of cool things about having teens and tweens in the house and believe it or not – you DON’T always want to kill them. There aren’t a lot of parents out there that write about teens and tweens so I hope you’ll find something useful here. If you can’t find something helpful here, make sure you check out my other site – Ten to Twenty Parenting. That site is ALL about parenting teens and tweens!

Kristen and her three teen "hens"

Kristen and her three teen “hens”

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Here is what this site is NOT:

  • It’s not a blog about babies. Been there. Done that. No babies are allowed to live in this house.
  • It is not for the closed-minded or easily offended. I’m a very pragmatic person and if I think something’s not right, I’ll say it. You may not agree with me. That’s okay but remember – it’s my site, it’s my right to say what I want.
  • It’s not a dedicated review and giveaway site. I will do them occasionally, but only if I think it’s something that will fit your needs and lifestyle. And mine. If I’m reviewing something, I already love it 🙂

Now that you’re up to date, here are some posts to get you going. These are some of the most visited sites  – I think they’ll give you a good idea on what I’m all about!

10. Hey Society – Get Your Opinions Off My Body – Nothing fires me up quicker than reading about body image and how normal sized women are considered “plus-sized”.
9. On Being a Ginger – The funny thing is that anytime I do a post on anything related to “gingers” it’s always popular. Maybe because we’re such a mystery?

Two teens and a tween

Two teens and a tween

8. White Lies, Bluffs and One Direction – Remember when your kids were little and you could get out of doing something by bluffing to them? Yeah.. that doesn’t work so well when they’re teens.
7. 24 – I’ll admit, this may have made it to the list because Google saw all of the Jack Bauer reference(s) but it was my reflection on the 24th consecutive day of writing in 2012. Pretty good reflections, if I do say so myself :)
6. Southern Cooking – In the South, if someone has a major event in their lives, we cook. And we cook a LOT. To us, food is a way to show that we care and sometimes words just aren’t enough.
5. 12 Guests of Christmas – My Nightmare Before Christmas – Man, y’all love to hate on that Elf on the Shelf. This Christmas, I did a “12 Guests of Christmas” series and this was the most popular of all the 12.
4. Beyond the Birds and the Bees – The one thing that occupies my mind the most with teen and tween girls is how to keep babies out of the house. In conversations with my parenting peers, I find that a lot of them are not having the conversations about sex. Stop it. Now. Or rather – START it now.
3. Time Heals All Wounds – I wrote this on the 4th anniversary of my dads passing. He passed away in 2008 and while it gets a little easier each year, we still miss him terribly.
2. Social Media Common Sense for Bloggers It didn’t take me long once I got back into writing to notice that there are a LOT of bloggers who either weren’t utilizing social media to promote themselves or were just doing it all wrong. Of course, I had to chime in professionally.
1. A Birthday Message to My 14 Year Old Daughter – I’m honestly surprised this one was the most read post but in a way, not really. I think many parents struggle with the words to say to their kids once they’re teens.