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Teens: 6 Secrets for Surviving Summer

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Surviving summer, oh boy!

At this time of year, one of the most asked questions I get from parents is, “What can we do to make sure everyone has a good summer?”

Over the years I’ve compiled many lists, but each teen, and scenario, can be dramatically different.

However, I’ve found that these 6 “Secrets” almost always result in less consequences, and more fun, allowing parents and teens alike to continue surviving summer.

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Self Injury: The Silent Scream for Help

cuttingSometimes you are so low that you don’t know how to pick yourself up.

All you want to do is crawl in a corner and die.

Most days are like that for my son.

Carrying the weight of depression on my back, a heavy obstacle to overcome. Looking for a place to set it down and clamber over, but I can’t find the right spot. I don’t know what to do. How will I move past this?–Matthew’s journals

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Parents, Do You Know How Important Creative Writing is For Your Kids?

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The past two summers I have worked for an arts and culture organization the offers a diverse range of day camps.

I am currently the Director of Literary Camps, and I see the HUGE benefits of creative writing everyday!

There are benefits of creative writing that I believe parents may not be aware of.

The benefits of creative writing provide a longer lasting effect on children than formal writing (ie: essays).

 5 Benefits of Creative Writing for Children:

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Why do Parents Abuse Their Children?

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My 14 years old daughter is a normal teen.

By “normal”, I mean that she doesn’t talk to her mom (myself) a lot.

Here’s a typical mother-daughter talk:

1. I’m asking her something, she mumbles back.

2. I’m trying to understand what she said.

3. She gets angry and swears that she’ll never speak to me again.

4. She turns her back and storms away, end of conversation.

5. I’m completely and utterly puzzled as to what just happened.

From time to time though, no prior notice, she opens up to me and we share those special moments in which I get a short glimpse of what’s really going on in her world.

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Whether You’re a Parent, or Working with Parents: This post is for you!

I’ll start with a short apology:

It’s been long since I posted!

Juggeling between 3 kids, among them a tween turning to a slamming-doors teen 🙂 and a full day job did not leave me a lot of time to blog.

So my personal blog… well yes, it was pushed aside.

2 years ago I built a website for us parents and parenting experts to discuss our parenting challenges.

This site has become a great resource for parents:

Currently it has a community of 11.2 K Twitter followers, great content & many parenting experts of various proffesions, as well as bloggers, sharing their experience and thoughts there.

If you’re a parent you should join our mailing list, Twitter, pinterest, FB . You’ll get lot’s of awesome content from our experts!

If you are WORKING with parents, joining our parenting experts community can actually become your second website, another awesome platform for exposing your business to potential targeted audience, helping and communicating with customers.

You can see our experts here:

An Expert profile includes unlimited articles hosted by us, your videos and events: If for example you are working with parenting groups, participating in conferences etc., this is the place to notify your followers about it.

That’s how it looks:

You can read more about why you should join our community here:

Experts Profile

Still waiting???

To register as a parenting expert, please press here.

I promiss to answer ASAP! 🙂

I’m looking forward to having you join us, whether you’re a parenting expert, or an active blogger who loves blogging about your parenting experience.

Don’t forget to share this post, perhaps some of your followers are parenting experts who are not familiar with our community yet, and your sharing will make a difference for them!

See you @ parents-space 🙂

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I Won! I Won! I Won!

Hey all,

I’m not posting a lot lately, am I?

I’m soooooo into my new site http://www.parents-space.com, which you helped me create.

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Really, you did! Continue reading

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June 24, 2013 · 11:14 pm

Owls Crafts: When My Kids Are Bored

Do you also feel that if your children are bored it’s your problem? That it’s your job to keep them busy?

Let’s clear this first: It’s not your problem if they’re bored. Let them be bored, and let them learn to keep themselves busy (or not). Boredom is good for children, and encourages creativity.

Now, if you still feel you need to keep them busy (what can I say, I always do…) well…

I am an owls addict!

Collected for you some owls crafts ideas for various ages, toddlers up:

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Owl paper craft Instructions 

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Flying owl pattern here

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Isn’t he the cutest??? Here 

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Love this.  From Kerry’s craft blog

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Stuffed owls here

So many creative idea’s, I don’t know where to start.

While we’re at it, one of my favorite owl sites is my owl barn, publishing this yearly amazing free download owls calendar, a collaboration of many great artists.

See some of the artwork, I just can’t stop looking at it:

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Enough owls for today…See ya

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Mommy, Is this a Gay Pedophile?

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I don’t have a lot of time to post these days, but this question above has kicked me out of my comfort zone.

I’ve been rambling to you quite a lot about my tween, haven’t I?

The last days it became clear to me that I need help adapting to my new role:

A Mom to Tween, experiencing lose of control in an ever-changing-fast-technological world, where kids are exposed to info that is difficult even for us grownups to absorb.

Listen to this: There was a lecture in my daughter’s school, by a police figure handling computer crimes.

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Is my Tween Video-Chatting with Strangers???

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I didn’t post a lot lately, being engaged in my new parents site, http://www.parents-space.com .

It’s coming up nicely I think! 60 Contributors already.

The variety of contributors results in discussing many topics, some are fairly new to me. I bet that I’m not alone here.

A naive parent I am,  a species that cannot survive for long in the 21 century. Continue reading

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Need your advice on this one. No, really!

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Lately, without noticing,  this blog has become a space of great support for me.

The fact that people I don’t know care to read, share and comment on my posts, makes me realize daily that I am not alone, and that goes for heavy stuff, as well as for meaningless thoughts that I am hesitating if  to share at all. Continue reading

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