Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ten to Twenty Parenting

Ten to Twenty Parenting is a place you can come to determine whether your teen/tween’s crazy behavior is normal, or if you should go ahead and place the order for that straightjacket you’ve been considering.

As parents, we’re past trying to determine why our babies won’t sleep through the night or why our toddler is having tantrums. Now, we’re at why won’t be 13 year old talk to me, when should I let my teen go on their first date and how do I talk REALLY talk to them about sex? We’re watching them deal with bullies and mean girls – when do we sit back to let them figure it out and when do we jump in and help out?

We are an open community and realize that it takes a village to raise our kids and encourage other parents to contribute.

So take two aspirin, grab a glass of wine or a cup of Joe, and talk to some people who will actually listen to you and not roll their eyes (at least not that you can see). Go ahead, join and fill out your profile. Let’s get this community growing!

Follow Ten to Twenty Parenting on Twitter and join them on Facebook!

Learn more at

Saturday, December 22, 2012

WAKE UP: Be Sure to Safeguard Prescription Medications Before Welcoming Guests In

Tis the season of giving, but as you invite family and friends into your home for holiday festivities, beware – for some, it is also the season for taking. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, most teens initially get prescription pills from family and friends, including straight from home medicine cabinets.  And it’s not just teens.  

Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have become the second leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide, and the leading cause in as many as 15 states.

“Prescription pill abusers are no different than those that are addicted to illicit drugs like meth or heroin.  They will go to great lengths to get their fix. I can’t stress enough the importance of safeguarding your medications,” says Lora Brown, MD, a Pain Management Physician and Medical Director for WAKE UP!, a community educational campaign created to combat the increase in prescription drug abuse among teenagers.

Brown says that you should always safeguard your medicine, but it’s especially important during the holidays when friends, family, neighbors and sometimes strangers are invited into our homes.  Don’t discuss what medications you are taking with anyone but your medical or mental health team, and keep the medications in a secure place at all times. Often these medications are stolen from medicine cabinets and nightstands. Addicts have been known to break into homes where they suspect they can find meds, as well as assault someone who is in possession of the prescription medication they desire.

About WAKE UP!:

WAKE UP! is a community educational campaign established by The Pain Truth, a Florida 501(c)(3), to combat the increase in prescription drug abuse among teenagers. It is designed to use science, not scare tactics, to educate teenagers of the effects and dangers of prescription drugs. The program uses a school “takeover” approach to reach thousands of students and their families with an extended program designed to teach not preach about the dangers of abusing and misusing prescription drugs. This program is unique in many ways. One of the most important aspects is sustainability through a school-based CORE of students and educators that remain present and active long after
the original campaign is complete. 

Follow them on Twitter and use hashtag #WAKEUP

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Angels Among Us: Helping Parents Talk About Tragedies with their Kids

Angels in heaven....
Newtown, Connecticut, December 14th, 2012 will be a place and date that will not be forgotten.

The grief we feel as parents and as a country is overwhelming as you read the list of the deceased and look at the ages, it brings tears to your eyes.

The teachers and the principal that lost their lives by doing their job, protecting their children, are heroes and now they are also angels.

During  this holiday season, I can't help but feel such a deep feeling of loss for their families too - I am grateful they all seem to have a deep faith, as I believe faith can help us through these tragedies, however they all need our prayers.  My God bless all the families and the community of Newtown, as even the survivors will need our prayers and support.

In loving memory:

May God bless the families of Newtown....
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeline Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6


Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Russeau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Dawn Hocksprung, 47
Nancy Lanza
How to talk to your kids about this tragedy, by Parenting Expert Dr. Michele Borba, click here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

33 Family Meetings Kids Love

Order today!
By Jean Tracy

33 Family Meetings Kids Love Helps You

  • Stop Worrying!
  • Share Your Values!
  • Become Their Confidant!
Together family members will solve their biggest problems and learn to laugh, plan, and create fun times together.

When you follow the solutions in this e-book

  • You won't feel guilty because you'll spend valued time as a family.
  • You won't wonder what your kids think because they'll tell you.
  • You won't wish they'd listen because they'll be able to repeat your words.
  • You won't worry about their communication skills because they'll learn to express themselves well.
  • You won't struggle to get them to come because they'll ask you, "When's the next family meeting?"
  • You won't beg them to stop arguing because they'll learn how to discuss within the family meetings.

In 33 Family Meetings Kids Love You'll:

  • Discuss Bullies on p. 18
  • Enjoy Game Night and Candles on p. 24
  • Discuss How to Make Friends on p. 23
  • Promote Story Telling Night on p. 37
  • Design Family Newsletters on p. 44
  • Discuss Chores on p. 33
  • Create a Family Photo Album on p. 48
  • And so much more…

If you're not having fun at your family meetings, you're doing something wrong! With 33 Family Meetings Kids Love there's…

No more gripe sessions and lots more fun!

Order today!

Follow Jean Tracy on Twitter and visit her site at