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Warning! Smartphone Don’ts when parenting teenagers!

Parenting Teenagers

Parenting teenagers is like playing the game Operation in the dark. One wrong move and the buzzer is going to get you. There is no preparing for this new level of teenage hypersensitivity. Things that were innocent when they were little, now cause deadly embarrassment.

When parenting teenagers, to not cause your teen imaginary pain, it is wise to observe some smartphone etiquette:

-Do not use the camera to take funny images of them.

-Do not use the voice recorder to record them on the phone and play it back to them and their friends.

-Do not use the Facebook app to tag them in embarrassing photos.

-Do not use the music app to play a song they think is corny or dumb.

-Do not use the photo app to show their friends old, humiliating photos.

-Do not text their friends.

These tips will not reduce their moodiness but should give them one less thing to complain about. The good news is this chaotic period only last a few years.

Parenting Teens

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Football is here and I’m torn!

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Football is back and for most this is an exciting time. For me this time of the year brings mixed emotions. On the one hand, my Etsy Crochet hat business picks up as the weather cools and parents buy team themed hats for their little ones. On the other, I lose my husband and TV to football.

I’m not much of a sports fan. My grandmother, growing up, used to sit and watch baseball games with me and my brother. We were never ones to attend sporting events and I never had much interest. My passion was crafting and I would use my free time on that.

My husband loves football, so during football season there’s football on tv, radio, and in discussions. I am thankful that my husband is not as bad as many men, but it is still tough. On days when there is a win, my husband is in good spirits. When there is a loss, I can tell he is irritated.

I also have to deal with my husband going with his buddies to watch the games. With football on multiple days, it seems there is always a game on. It does free up the tv so me and the kids can watch other things, but I still miss him when he is gone. He does try to involve me at times, and invite me to go, but I’d rather not spend my date night at a bar or restaurant watching football.

What I end up doing, at home, when football has my husband, is work on my crochet hats and spend time with the kids. NFL and NCAA colored hats are my best sellers. Parents love to outfit their babies in their team’s colors. The little treasures are so cute wearing my hats and I love the pictures I get back.

Football season is relatively short, so things in my home should be back to normal in January. Wish me luck!

Please share your experiences involving your men and football in the comments. I look forward to hearing what wives and girlfriends do while their men are consumed with sports.


Team Colored Newborn Baby Hats

P.S. If you are interested in one of my team themed crochet hats (NFL, NCAA Football, MLB, NBA, NHL, Etc.) for your kids or as a gift, visit my Etsy shop. Also please spread the word. I appreciate all the referrals I get.

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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How A Tv Show and Coffee Mug Found a Missing Person

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Sometimes we come across something that expresses how we feel better than we can. The other day I found just that on a coffee mug that said, ” I Just Want To Drink Coffee Create Stuff And Sleep”.

As a working mother of a 2 year old toddler I would say that rest and Me-time are foreign concepts. Being that I have been a mother since I was 15, I should be used to it. I’m not. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be a mother or that I lament it. It is just hard to remember a time when I wasn’t “Mom”.

I sometimes don’t know my identity outside that role in my life. I value being a mom and wife immensely and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am referring to being so wrapped up in the tasks of the day, that I “lose” myself in it. Not that I don’t find fulfillment there or joy, but that the parts of me that existed before being a “mom” feel lost.

I do carve out time to do my crafts and the activities that I love. (I found time to write this article.) What I am talking about is losing the pre-mom Miranda, the person that didn’t have to look over the needs of her family. The person that could create and just be.

I was watching the tv show, Wahlburgers, on A&E and part of the episode was about the mother Alma Wahlberg doing a discussion panel about being a celebrity mom. One of the questions she was asked was about how she kept her identity in the shadow of her famous sons. Her answer struck a nerve with me. She said “I fought for it!”. She stressed that she was always being introduced as so and so’s mom and wasn’t even called by her own name.

I relate to this completely. After I saw that episode and then the mug, it hit me, “I have to fight to keep Miranda alive”. I am not using fight in an aggressive, boxing sense. The fight I am pointing out is the fight within me to not become so busy with my roles of worker, mom, and wife that my very core gets shut out. The tv show and a coffee mug found a missing person, I didn’t realize was even lost.life, family, work, career, balance, identity, self, womans roles

This can apply to anyone. We do change over time as we grow and experience new things. This does not mean that we should lose our identity, performing whatever roles we have to at that point in our lives. We need to nurture the person we are and not let them get lost and buried.

This means taking time to reflect and doing things that we love, not just going along for the ride in other people’s plans. It requires making sure we get proper rest so we don’t go through the day like zombies. We can’t keep our identity if we are too tired and busy to realize its being lost.

For me I need to drink some coffee so I can create some stuff (other than this article) and then get some sleep. Tomorrow will be here before I know it.

“Work” Miranda will then need get up and do her thing, so she can get home, so “Mom” Miranda can do her thing, so “Wife” Miranda can do hers, all the while making sure “Inner” Miranda gets her little slice of time. Wish me luck as I fight the good fight!

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