Posts in category "Home Life"

"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior

"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior
I recently started following the Bangor, Maine Police Department on Facebook because my friend Kerri who writes Cancer Is Not A Gift shared a few of their posts and they were really funny. One post today, however, was more serious. It was from the Computer Crime Unit and addressed why parents need to be involved... Read more »

Why making the bed matters, according to a former Navy SEAL Commander

Why making the bed matters, according to a former Navy SEAL Commander
I love this time of year in part because I love hearing commencement speeches. They provide wonderful perspective and inspiration. The really, really good ones make me laugh, cry and think, all the things Jim Valvano said you needed for a good, full day. My favorite one this year provided all that and some parenting... Read more »

Guide to our tween bedroom makeover on a budget

Guide to our tween bedroom makeover on a budget
Some rearranging of rooms in our home meant my tween got a different bedroom. One with white walls and an older quilt, both of which were devoid of personality. It screamed for a makeover, personality or at least a modicum of color. We commenced operation tween girl bedroom makeover that was done in one weekend... Read more »
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Darby Girl DIY kits make crafting easy and affordable for tweens and teens

Darby Girl DIY kits make crafting easy and affordable for tweens and teens
Subscription boxes are all the rage and tween and teen girls can now get in on the fun with Darby Girl. Darby Girl is a DIY craft box that arrives bi-monthly, filled with everything a tween or teen girl needs to make a fun craft project. It’s the result of a partnership between Darby Smart... Read more »

Professional organizer offers advice for organizing your tween

Please welcome today’s guest poster, Erin Kelly of Organizing with Erin. Erin is a professional organizer whose organizing business has been helping people get organized for 9 years. Tween are moving towards independence but they are still in a developmental stage that requires help when it comes to keeping their lives together. They look to... Read more »

4 Tips for organizing your tween’s bedroom

4 Tips for organizing your tween’s bedroom
I’m thrilled to welcome today’s guest poster, Erin Kelly of Organizing with Erin. Erin is a professional organizer whose organizing business has been helping people get organized for 9 years. We had a conversation about last week’s post that featured experts advising parents to let a messy room go and not fight about it. Not... Read more »
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How to deal with your tween's messy bedroom

How to deal with your tween's messy bedroom
Does walking through your tween’s bedroom feel like navigating an obstacle course? Considering putting a “Danger – Do Not Enter” sign on your tween’s bedroom door? Tired of asking, pleading, yelling and arguing about the mess? Tweens are not known for being neat and orderly. If you are arguing with your tween about a messy... Read more »

Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high

Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high
The transition into junior high or middle school is a big event for tweens. It is a time when kids may think they don’t need their parents, but they really, really do. School may not start for a few more weeks, but these back to school tips can help parents and kids prepare for middle... Read more »

Tween bedroom makeovers can be stylish and fun

Tween bedroom makeovers can be stylish and fun
Tweens like to spend a lot of time in their bedroom, likely more than they ever have before they were tweens. Little kid rooms may have been cutely decorated with dinosaurs and princesses, but tweens are seek a different kind of style aesthetic in their own space. The internet has lots of fun ideas and... Read more »
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Decorating a locker is not an interior design event

Decorating a locker is not an interior design event
I love you, Target, and I love your assortment of items for decorating my home, my patio, myself. What I do not love, however, is the insane number of locker decoration supplies that you have just started featuring in the back-to-school aisle. Are locker rugs, chandeliers, wallpaper and curtains really necessary for a successful school... Read more »