Forget Battleship. Here Are 15 Super Cool Games for Boys That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Spoiler Alert: If you’re looking for cool games for boys in their tweens and teens that go beyond LEGOs for boys, the traditional Battleship or Monopoly – look no further! This is the ultimate list of awesome fun card games and the best board games for kids ten and up. These games are filled with adventure, intrigue, and are also...

How Each Of Us Can Help Immigrant Families Suffering At The Border

I've lost much sleep in these last days scared and worried for these children and their parents, wanting to help immigrant families, and staying desperately attached to my facebook feed and all the news sites to see if there is any way that a "regular" person can help. Expressing outrage isn't enough. I want to take action. Now. Here. Today....

75+ Activities and Crafts for Teens & Tweens That Won’t Get Eye Rolls, Sighs, or Grunts

Spoiler Alert: I scoured the web and found some of the most awesome creative ideas and inspirations for art projects, fun crafts, games, and activities that work for all children - from kids, to tweens, to teenagers. These are truly beautiful art projects and super fun crafts for teens and tweens, games, and activities that your entire family will love!  Are...

7 Things I Didn’t Expect About Mothering Boys

Spoiler Alert: I didn't think I was prepared for boys. But, knowing what I know, I wouldn't change it for the world. From one boy mom to another – here are some every-day truths about mothering boys to become men we will be proud of.  Mothers of boys are totally and beautifully wrecked with love – and here are some...

A Promise to My Ten Year Old Son

Spoiler Alert: I always want to share my good mom moments with you - who doesn't, right? But, this post is about a big mom fail for me and the lessons gained after an argument with my son. I'm practicing being present with my boys (and all my relationships) during challenging times and finding it such a growth opportunity for all...

12 Epic Tween and Teen Books That Smash Traditional Gender Roles

Spoiler Alert: It's not too hard to find books with main characters who defy gender stereotypes for younger children. They teach valuable lessons about equality and gender based double standards. But finding kids books that defy gender stereotypes and roles once they become school age and start looking for characters who don't conform to traditional gender stereotypes, can be a challenge. So...

Dear Son: This Is What You Need To Know About My Love For You

Spoiler Alert: I wrote this post after a beautiful moment of holding space for my son. I was learning how to be present with him during the most challenging of times. I actually believe I grew from the experience as much or more as he did. To live in the moment with your loved ones it one of the best gifts...

The 10 Must Have Books About Finding Yourself in Your 40’s

Spoiler Alert: This post shares the books about finding yourself that I have found most valuable personally as a woman in my 40's (ok, so I'm  fifty - I'm just been saying I'm in my forties for so long...). Each book is filled with words of encouragement for women inspiring you to be the best you can be. Some take...

Connected Families Use This One Overlooked Parenting Tool

As with so many families - our morning "routine" was THE. PITS. I was completely stressed out, overwhelmed, and saying things like "I HATE MORNINGS!" The hustle and bustle of the morning routine was destroying the family connection that we had built over the past five years. Yet, even though I felt frustrated and completely disconnected from my boys, both...

You Only Need One Powerful Phrase To Transform Any Awkward Conversations With Your Tween

I was a litigator – experienced and schooled at responding to opposing arguments thoughtfully and quickly. Literally, one of the most important skills as an attorney is responding in a thoughtful manner to you opponent's argument(s) and not reacting too quickly - because saying unplanned stupid stuff can get your client in trouble. Surely thinking on your feet in the...

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