The 9 Emotions of a Teenager

The 9 Emotions of a Teenager

Why We Teach Our Kids To Love College Sports. Hint: It has to do with college planning!

Why We Teach Our Kids To Love College Sports

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday here at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m chatting about why we put an emphasis on college sports in our house. It’s not quite because we’re huge college sports fans, actually. It has to do with planning our kids’ future. ___________________ We have a fun rivalry in our  house between two state schools. Game days are pretty fun, but we find ways to pick on each other just about every day. We have team cups for…

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We Heart It: Pinterest For Teens

We Heart It: Pinterest For Teens?

I’m so excited to be posting for Tween/Teen Tuesday again! It was nice taking some time off for the holidays and work on my book launch, but it’s great to be back! Today we’re talking about the new social network called We Heart It. _________ We Heart It is the newest social network aimed towards teens (not tweens, in my opinion). The site has partnered with Lucky and Teen Vogue and is claiming that 80% of its users are under…

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The Best Family Game Apps!

Heads Up Is A Fun Family Game App!

Hey there! Welcome to Tween and Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m sharing our favorite new family game app that you can play with an iPhone or iPad–it’s called Heads Up! I’m thinking of sharing some apps that are great for tweens and teens here every month, so let me know if this is something that interests you, and if you have any great apps you would like me to feature! Have you played Heads Up yet?…

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Facebook Privacy Settings For Teens & Quick Reference Chart For Privacy Settings

Facebook Privacy Settings For Teens

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m explaining what the new facebook changes mean for your teen. I’ll also help you find the settings to keep your teen safe online and explain why I’m not a fan of the new facebook privacy settings for teens. ———————– Facebook dislike image courtesy WikiMedia Commons. Teens 13 years of age and older are able to register for a facebook account. Previously, teens with facebook accounts had status updates defaulted…

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DIY Tween Boy COOL Costume RoundUp

DIY Tween Boy Costume Ideas

  DIY Tween Boy Costume RoundUp Allison has some amazing ideas on her site, All For The Boys. All of her costume ideas are brilliant, but this stick figure costume is my favorite. With the love of all iThings this year, I think this DIY iPhone costume by Unschool Plus is perfect for your little guy this year! Bonus points if you let him customize with his own apps! I love the simpleness of this last minute Candy Bag costume…

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Three Things To Tell Your Tween Before You Talk About Their Acne

Three Things To Tell Your Tween Before You Talk About Tween Acne

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m talking about a serious topic–it’s even more serious if you’re between the ages of 9-15. Tween acne. It’s the first encounter kids usually have with uncontrollable physical issues, and as parents we often take a “I know more than you do, so listen to me” stance. The problem is, however, kids this age probably don’t believe it when you say you understand what they’re going through. I have some…

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Finding Treasures At Rocky Point

We’re On Vacation!

This week I’m taking Tween/Teen Tuesday off. Well, not off off, but instead of writing about the kids I’m spending time with them. They are in the middle of their 3-week fall break from school – three. full. weeks. off. Jack has proclaimed this break, “the best break ever” and I’d guess that has something to do with me scaling back on work and spending more quality time with them. Here are a few pictures of our weekend getaway to…

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Cell Phone Contract For Kids

Does Your Child Have A Smartphone? {Printable Cell Phone Contract For Kids}

If your child is getting their first cell phone or smart phone, you might want a cell phone contract to help lead your discussion about rules and expectations. You can find my printable smartphone contract below, or click here for your tween’s first cell phone contract. How many cell phones do you have in your house? We have three – and they’re all smartphones. iPhones, specifically, but you knew that already. The jump from regular cell phone ($10/month) to smartphone…

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Teen Room Makeover {I Need Your Help!} Teen Tuesday

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m talking about decorating. Do your kids have awesome bedrooms? I know when I was younger my parents made over my room and it changed my outlook on life for a bit. Ok, maybe not on life, but it did make me pretty happy ;) ______________________________ Michael is in desperate need of a new coat of paint in his room. Though I love the color of his room now, it…

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Why I Don't Blog About My Kids On My Mom Blog

Why I Don’t Write About My Kids On My Mom Blog

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m talking about my boys. Well, I’m not talking about my boys, but rather I’m telling you why I won’t be talking about my boys. On the internet. For the whole world to see. _____________________________________ I used to fit in the “mom blogger” category, but I’m not sure if I do anymore. I used to blog in detail about their sports victories, cute things that happened at school and even…

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NSTeens.org releases back to school content for tweens about cyberbullying

Putting Online Safety in Kids’ Hands With NSTeens.org #MissingKids

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! On what is most likely your tween’s last day of summer break, I want to bring your attention to something important. Today we’re talking about a new video game and videos that were recently released on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website, NSTeens.org. I hope you’ll use this information to begin a conversation with your child about the choices they are making online this school year. ___________________________________ The…

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Ways Your Middle Schooler Is Similar To A Kindergartener

3 Ways Your Middle Schooler Is Similar To A Kindergartener

  Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today we’re talking about how middle schoolers are similar to kindergarteners… we all know that, right? Today my dear friend Shannan from Tween Us is guest posting and telling us how she thinks our 10, 11 and 12 year-olds are similar to the 5 and 6 year-olds heading to kindergarten this week. She has also written about how these tweens of ours are similar to two year-olds with regard to their growing bodies…

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Taking A Break… From Everything. Tween/Teen Tuesday

      Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m taking a break–maybe you need one too? Work is busy, football is in session (5 nights a week), and soccer practice has started. This mama is looking to organize herself and will be studying this post from Alli Worthington all. day. long. See you next week with some more great tween and teen tips!      

What To Feed Your Family During Sports Season

What To Feed Your Family During Sports Season

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today we’re talking about what to feed your family during sports season without resorting to fast food or prepackaged foods. ___________________________________________________ Football season is here and soccer season begins next week. I’ve dubbed it, “making four meals a day” season. The boys eat breakfast, I pack them lunch, make dinner after school and then they have a snack when they get home–it’s an eating frenzy here, folks. The kids have to…

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I'm Sick Of Being The Good Parent

I’m Sick Of Being The Good Parent

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today we’re talking about being the good parent. You know, the one who doesn’t want to be their kid’s best friend. _______________________________________________ I held out on Michael playing Rated M video games for as long as I could. It got to the point that all of his friends were playing them and we had two choices: 1. Allow him to play Rated M games only at friend’s houses, which would cause…

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