What was old is new again!

It is the season for retro-everything. 80’s music, vinyl records, high-waisted pants… One thing that has made a comeback -amongst the college crowd, anyway – is games. No, I’m not talking video games. I’m talking honest-to-goodness board games and interact-as-a-family/friend group games! We could get into the psychology of it all, like maybe “kids” just want some IRL (“in real life” in teen/twenty jargon) face-to-face connection. Instead, let’s just move into reviews of some games. Most of these I’ve played with my own offspring, but there are one or two I haven’t, so we will take my young reviewer friends’ […]

And now for something completely different…

And now for something completely different…

We continue the “month of fun” by bringing you something completely different that doesn’t require screens. You can listen on road trips, to and from school, and sitting in the comfort of your own home. Yes, in case you are looking for something else to entertain you and yours, I give you a whole new world of podcasts. (Remember the days of six TV channels and calling the theater to find out what movies were playing?) It might require a little pre-screening of episodes, and not all of these are for younger teens (I will tell you in my reviews […]

Frankly, my Dear, I will Make Your Day

    What are your favorite movie lines?  I bet you immediately think of a few. We are continuing with fun month around here – this week it is movies!! Take some time over the next few weeks to scan the movies below and decide which to watch with your teens while they are home for the holidays.  Of course, there are the classic Christmas movies, but branch out and try some others, just for variety. I will split them into categories so you can decide what makes the most sense for your child and their tastes and age. Most of […]

And now for a little fun…

October is the beginning of my favorite season. Yes, I know fall officially starts in September, but it won’t feel like it until next week in Texas. In honor of this fabulous time of year, I want to have a month of fun! We will start with BOOK favorites, both ours and our teens. The first few are fiction for pre- and young teens, then I move to fiction for older teens. Then — books for us, fiction and non-fiction. Fiction for younger teens/preteens Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham John Grisham ventures into the world of YA/teen fiction […]

Wisdom from a college advisor

Wisdom from a college advisor

What if you had the advice of a proven expert to help your child navigate through the exciting but intense years of college? Well, you do! The advisors on college campuses across the country are paid to do just that. Today I have a guest blog from a smart, straight-talking college advisor, Priscilla Beth Baker. She has “gone viral” for her views on a post on Facebook. Most people loved it, but a few were unhappy with her advice. Which proves the point she was trying to make! When the kids enter college, it is time to let them learn, […]