Category: Tweens & Teens

Programs For Your Teens? YMCA Camp Hanes Has Those Too!

By Jen de Ridder, senior program director at Camp Hanes At YMCA Camp Hanes we want to help all campers to be their best selves.  We do this in an environment where fun...

Raising Teens and Being the “Cool Mom”

By Dee Priddy It was several years ago when my youngest daughter said to me, “My friends love you. They say you’re the cool mom.” My initial thought...

They Call it Puppy Love

By Guest Blogger Scott Rigdon, author of the blog Uncommonly Dad Puppies at play.  You can’t watch puppies at play without smiling.  If you watch them closely,...

Hints You Are No Longer “Mommy”

By Katie Moosbrugger We had a sad day in our house recently. My soon-to-be tween asked if she could now call me “Mom” instead of “Mommy.” I knew this day would...

Letting Go

By Kelly Hines This week, I’m registering my daughter for high school. It seems impossible that the baby I was snuggling just yesterday could be the taller than me...

Taking the Future Seriously

By Lisa Doss High school is a place of possibilities. Students will discover new talents, ways to improve educational success, multiply friendships, assert leadership...

Gift Ideas for Teens

By Katie Reynolds What is the way to your teen’s heart? Giving gifts to those not so little, and yet not quite grown up, is no easy task. Their time left at home is...

I Didn’t Know

By Guest Blogger Thea DeLoreto, author of the blog The Lint Trap I didn’t know it would be this hard. It is just keeping small humans alive. A little food, some...

Riding Shotgun (and other car safety issues)

By Katie Moosbrugger We reached a much-anticipated milestone at my daughter’s 10-year well-check. The doctor announced she weighs exactly 80 pounds. You’re...

Social Media with Your Kids: Safety Overrules Privacy

By Guest Blogger Suzy Fielders Not too long ago I wrote this blog “What Parents Should Know About Facebook,”  talking a little about kids being on Facebook and some...