Lessons I Learned From Having Twenty One Teen Daughters
01/14/2019
Lessons I Learned From Having Twenty One Teen Daughters

 I have twenty daughters this year.   Twenty-one if you count the one who actually calls me Mom. OK, so they’re not all my actual daughters.  But ten months of living the dorm mom life with 20 girls will teach you a thing or two.  Here’s what my twenty (one) girls have taught me this year: Teen girls are loud.  Whether they’re trying to talk over the hair dryer, arguing over who left the bathroom sink covered in toothpaste, or laughing hysterically over a meme, they do it with gusto. Teen girls perfect the eye roll early on.  Apparently as early as 13, according to my own daughter.  Or maybe it was 11. I can’t remember. Teen girls need sleep just as much as teen boys do.  They will turn into monsters without the proper amount of sleep.  They will fight this at 11pm, choosing to yell over a hair dryer and laugh at memes. Teen girls are gorgeous, but they don’t see themselves that way.  Thoughts and fears about gaining weight or losing weight are too often at the front of their mind.  They need to be reminded as often as possible that they are lovely and exceptional, and that their weight does not define them.  They will roll their eyes (they’ve perfected that), but a small piece of them might believe you. Keep telling them. Teen girls find love in a ...

Learn My 2019 Game Changer
01/07/2019
Lessons I Learned From Having Twenty One Teen Daughters

 Let’s be honest.  January can really suck, am I right? The holidays are over, chances are good that our pants a little tighter, and there’s either a sad empty space where the Christmas tree once stood, or worse, the stinking thing is still up, and won’t take itself down! Ugh, January can be so depressing! But wait!  Let me tell you why I LOVE LOVE LOVE January! January is the month of new beginnings!  We get to put up a new calendar. We get to start fresh with a new planner, or open up the first page of the blank bullet journal. (any other bujo nuts out there?) Every year when I get to January, I look at my kids, my marriage, my health, and my business, and I am filled with hopes, plans, and goals. January has become my GAME CHANGER.  January is when I choose ONE WORD. I know I’m not the only one who does this.  It’s a popular concept to choose a WORD for the year, one that serves as a foundation for powerful goals and a great future. This year, my word is BUILD, and I am crazy about it.Let me tell you why: 1. MY WORD IS A VERBI may be a grammar dork, but hear me out.  I LOVE that my word is a verb because it inspires me to ACTION.  When it comes to 2019, I don’t want to watch it from the sidelines, I want to experience it.  So I needed a ...

Meet Amber Garr: Teen Girl Empowerer!
10/29/2018
Lessons I Learned From Having Twenty One Teen Daughters

 This lady truly does it all. Amber Garr is a dear friend and former colleague of mine, and I don't even know where to begin.  I can't even remember what first drew me to Amber, what first blew my mind about her, because when it comes to Amber, there is so much to be blown away by. Amber is a science teacher who specializes in environmental sustainability.  Her students adore her despite how much she challenges them in the classroom. But Amber is also an accomplished dancer, a classically trained ballerina who now teaches dance to her high school students. Oh and Amber is a published author.  She has written almost 20 books, bestselling and award winning novels and short stories, mostly paranormal and mysteries.  I read one of her novels in one day.  I simply could not put it down.  Oh and she's led writing clubs for her high school students for years, where students write together, for each other, with each other, and to help each other get published.  She's simply amazing. But what has always impressed me most about Amber is her passion to teach her students in any way she can.  She teaches them science, dance, writing, life.  She is always there to pass on her knowledge, her skill.  She's such a giver. I can go on and on, but I want you to hear from her.  So let me introduce you to my ...