Summary of Life

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I found this recently and wanted to share: Great Truths That Adults Have Learned: 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree. 2) Wrinkles don’t hurt. 3) Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts. 4) Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground. 5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the … Read More

Why The 4-1-1 Books Matter

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In a recent interview I was asked why I’m writing the 4-1-1 books. Although I did answer the question with “to help those that may not be able to completely help themselves,” I’ve taken time since then to reflect on this question. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills is a book about the basic life skills needed by adults of all … Read More

Ask the Author

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I’ve added a new category to my blog where readers can ask the author questions on Life Skills; Step parenting, or Surviving Teenagers. You can post questions here or email them to and they will be answered here for all to see. So, how can I help you today?

Know Your Teen

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Teens are mysterious, sassy, hormonal, stubborn, and sometimes loving kids. They are faced with so many different temptations today. Are you aware of the dangers our teens face today? From drugs to alcohol to bullying, and let’s not forget – self-mutilation, bulimia, anorexia, and dating abuse. Would you know if your teen was suffering emotionally and/or physically? Do you have … Read More

Teens and Discipline

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We are all thankful when our child ages out of the toddler tantrums, but the tantrums aren’t over yet. You now have the teen terror and teen mean. The teen years aren’t unlike toddlerhood; your teen will test his boundaries. Adolescents thrive on the balance of caring and positive discipline. Teens have difficulty respecting a parent’s authority. Suggestions on discipline: … Read More

The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood–New Book Coming Soon!

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I’m so excited about the upcoming Fall release of my new book The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood. It is a book to help both parents and teens to navigate the obstacles presented during the teen years. Here is an excerpt: Turn on the news or pick up the newspaper and most likely the stories you read will include bullying, sexting, … Read More