Raising Teens and Tweens

Using humor with teens: It’s not what you say, but HOW you say it

When it comes to having tweens and teens, you never know when or where you’ll find a teachable moment.

I take them where I can get them, even if it isn’t the most…conventional way of getting my point across.

Here’s a lesson I keep trying to drill into the adolescent brains in my house:

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told them this. It just doesn’t stick around for the long haul. So, I get into broken record mode and the girls, inevitably, shut down.

Sound familiar?

Parent vs. Teen Debate: Taboo Tattoos

My 16-year-old wants a tattoo. Sort of.

She’s deathly afraid of needles, so I’m not exactly losing sleep over the thought of her sneaking into some seedy strip mall shop to permanently brand herself.

Still, Miss C. won’t let something as trivial as fear stand in her way. Her creativity finds ways of working around these kinds of problems.

Around 6:40 this morning, I bounded dragged my tired ass down the stairs and Jon tells me he thinks our oldest stayed awake until some ungodly hour to draw on her feet. I could hear the annoyance in his voice.

I think I managed a “Hmmph” as I dropped on the couch to watch the local news. She’s drawn on herself before. Most of the time, I think she does it because she knows we don’t like it. Usually, it’s sort of a half-assed doodle or something. All I know is that it’s too early to make a federal case, so I pretty much ignore it.

Fast forward to this afternoon.

Disney World Tips

10 Walt Disney World Freebies

It really is possible to get something for nothing at the Walt Disney World Parks.

It really is possible to get something for nothing at the Walt Disney World Parks.

Finding free things and activities at Walt Disney World is not a fairy tale. In fact, Walt Disney World offers its guests many opportunities to enjoy something for nothing. And, while many of these things may seem like small potatoes compared to the price of a family vacation, all of them are priceless in their own way.

Top 10 WDW Freebies

  1. Free ice water: Many people don’t know that you can go to any counter service restaurant in the Walt Disney World Parks and ask for a cup of ice water. They may not be huge, but you can get them as often as you like and it’s often just enough to satisfy your thirsty crowd!Water bottles cost at least $2.50 each at Walt Disney World. Even in the cooler months, your family needs to stay hydrated and for a family of four, 2 bottles of water a day for each person will run you $20. Multiply that by how many days you’ll be on vacation and that takes a big bite out of your budget.