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Guest Post – Preparing Your Teens For Adulthood

parenting, teenagers, parenting tips

 

“Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Trust me, life will still be there when you’re grown.” Wise words from my Grandma Blanche.

Teens know everything, right? So, it only makes sense that they’re ready to tackle the world at the tender age of 16. Next, they think they have all the knowledge and skills necessary not just to survive, but thrive in the big bad world. However, as parents we know the truth. Sure, there are some things that your child may have learned in school that weren’t available to us. These days schools are teaching Computer Science, Parenting, and more advanced classes on Government and Politics.

However, there are some key fundamental skills your child should be equipped with before leaving the nest – whether going off to college or moving out on their own.

Let’s discuss a few of these skills:

Grocery shopping – When our kids got their driver’s license, one of their new chores was going to the grocery store with cash. This taught them:

  1. Comparison shopping
  2. Budgeting 
  3. Communication skills (you know teens don’t talk! Lol)
  4. Checking account maintenance – The one class I really wish schools would make mandatory are banking basics. When our kids turned 14, we opened a High School Checking Account. With our names on the account, our kids knew not to get crazy with their bank card.

As a result, each month we reviewed the bank statement together and discussed future payouts. This was a huge help!

Stay In Learning Mode – This skill is crucial to your child’s growth! With or without a college degree, your child must know that learning is a life-long activity. Once they leave college learning doesn’t stop.

Next, one of the most important parts of learning is knowing who to learn from. Teens learn more from other teens. Also, as adults they need to know what they need to learn, and who would be best to learn from. This quote is so appropriate: “You don’t know what you don’t know, until you need to know it.” – Unknown

The best skill you can teach your teen is discernment. Help them understand how important it is to surround themselves with like-minded people, people who have similar lifestyle goals in mind.

Finally, your teen may not listen to you, but when in the company of other young people who are working toward a similar future they can teach and learn from each other.  “Each one. Teach one.” – an African Proverb.

life coach, business coach   About the author:  Ericka Richardson is a mother of three, and a grandmother. Ericka was raised in New York, but moved to the Atlanta, Ga area in 1993.  Atlanta is where she raised her children.  Ericka and her husband, Mike, started their business in 2003. Even with the time constraints of starting a business, they made sure their children stayed active, well-grounded, remained humble and grateful.

Ericka is a Certified Life and Business Coach as well as a Business Consultant. Ericka preaches and teaches Business Basics with each of her clients.

You can connect with Ericka online at:

www.coachericka.com
www.facebook.com/coachericka
www.facebook.com/groups/bizbasicsbootcamp
www.linkedin.com/in/ericka220
www.twitter.com/bizcoachericka

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #72

 

Memorial Day, veterans

 

Welcome to Week 72 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We are continuing our Memorial Day Celebration this week. We are remembering those who fought for our freedom and especially those who have helped afford all of the luxuries that we have in our country by paying with their life. We want to say thank you and we will never forget you. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, and anything else you would like to post to celebrate mom.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

Enter Our Little Tikes Grill & BBQ Accessories set: Summer is around the corner and families everywhere will be firing up grills. BBQing is an American pastime. There’s nothing like good food, family, friends and fun. Little ones like to cook too. So, we’re going to help them by giving away this Little Tikes grill and accessories.

Your toddler will have years of fun with the gas grill and accessories. The Little Tikes Grow ‘n Grill has two stages to grow with your child from toddler to preschooler. Just like a real gas grill with dual grill, lid, sink and side burners. The grill has a starter button and clicking knobs. It comes with:

  • 1 pair of tongs
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 hamburger and bun
  • 1 hot dog and bun
  • 1 bottle of ketchup

The accessories come with 20 pieces. The BBQ set comes with two burgers, two hot dogs, corn on the cob, ketchup, mustard and more. The set is appropriate for ages 3+.

Make this grill set and accessories yours by entering below:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Sunday’s Best Posts are:
I selected Garden Spiral from Oh My Creative 

garden ideas, gardening

 

                                                   Kim U. selected Super Hero Birthday Party from Bomb Shell Bling 

super hero ideas, party ideas.

                                                                                                       and

                                                    Kim M. selected Skillet Enchiladas from Reviews, Chews and How Tos 

 

skillet recipes, recipes, enchilada recipes
The Post With The Most Clicks:
11 Beautiful Blueberry Recipes from Healthy Helper 

 

blueberry recipes, dessert recipes, healthly recipes

 

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                                                                                       The Favorite Theme Posts

We Remember And Honor You !

 

                                                                           Strawberry Jello Cake from Nepa Mom 

 

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                                                                                                                  and

                                                                          White Wine Sangria Recipe from Growing Up Gabel 

 

Memorial Day recipes, 4th of July recipes, red, white and blue recipes

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected next week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. Be sure to connect on social media.

 


 

 

Inspirational Quote – Love Yourself First

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Kindergarten Super Hero and Sports Matching Printables

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We’ve added two more games to our collection of educational games for preschoolers. Matching games are fun, but most importantly they help stimulate the mind.  Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn to work on their problem solving skills too.  Our focus is on toddler boys for this post. All little boys love Super Heroes and sports. These games will entertain them on rainy days or long enough for you to get a chore or two done around the house.  There’s Batman, Superman, Cat Woman and more on the Super Hero game and football, baseball, soccer and more on the sports game. Get those pencils sharpened and get ready for some fun with your toddler.

Matching items/objects helps to develop your child’s logic and make connections as well.  It also helps them to develop the desire to learn and builds a solid foundation for success.  Early childhood development sets children on a clear path for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Helping your child to acquire logic skills is essential in helping them establish a solid foundation for higher  education too. It’s never too late to start enhancing your child’s skills.  This is especially important if they will be entering will be starting preschool or kindergarten in the fall.  We all want our children to enter the classroom with a good foundation, and we all know that it starts at home.

Learning should be fun. Children like to learn from objects and features that they’re familiar with.  These printables contain super heroes and sports equipment.  Boys love super heroes and sports. Superman, Flash and Spider-Man are ready to help your little one enhance their logic skills.  Being able to determine differences as well as items that match is part of establishing a solid foundation in early childhood development.  Be sure to print our delicious and colorful cupcake printable too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Quote – Life

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #71

 

Memorial Day, veterans

 

Welcome to Week 71 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We are starting our Memorial Day Celebration this week. We are remembering those who fought for our freedom and especially those who have helped afford all of the luxuries that we have in our country by paying with their life. We want to say thank you and we will never forget you. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, and anything else you would like to post to celebrate mom.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

I selected Pina Colada Cupcakes from Delightful E Made 

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Kim U. selected Mother’s Day Photo Cube from The Scrap Shoppe Blog 

Image-Photo-Cubes

 

 

and

Kim M. selected Blackberry Moscow Mule from My Suburban Kitchen  

Looking for delicious cocktails to add to your cocktail hour? Try this Blackberry Moscow Mule.

 

The Post With The Most Clicks:

DIY Pineapple Shoes from Flamingo Toes 

DIY Pineapple Canvass Shoes

and

The Favorite Theme Posts

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Stamped Initial Charm Bracelet from Living La Vida Holoka

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and

Printable Mother’s Day Card from Busy Being Jennifer 

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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected next week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. Be sure to connect on social media.

 


Bearoy Back Seat Organizer Review

 

car organizer

 

car organizer, backseat organizers

How many times have you taken a road trip and you’ve ended up struggling to reach an item or you have a screaming child in the backseat who wants something. I travel frequently. Sometimes I drive and other times I fly. Either way, I’m on the road to my destination or the airport. If I’m traveling with my grandchildren, one or the other ends up wanting a snack, drink, electronic device or some other object that I can’t reach from the front seat if I’m driving or can barely reach if I’m a passenger.

When I was contacted to review the Bearoy Organizer I jumped at the chance. I had actually been shopping for an organizer and tray, so the timing was perfect.  This is a picture of the organizer hanging in the backseat of my car. I love that the 8 year can easily access the organizer and retrieve items for both him and his sister when needed.

 

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This is an up close of the organizer in the back of my car. As you can see, the organizer is a nice size and holds lots of items.  I grabbed the items that I normally take to keep the children occupied when I’m driving.  There’s a drink for the 8 year old, the 4 year old has a cup holder on her car seat, but there is room for both of their cups.  I love the pockets, they’re insulated so drinks will stay cold. or baby’s bottle warm. 

I have the Kindle in the picture, but it’s large enough for the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy too. We normally carry 2 Kindles and either the Samsung tablet or iPad. The pocket has an opening on both sides to plug in headphones or a charger. I love that feature. The kids run down every electronic device that they can get their hands on. We always have a device on a charger. I have a charging station in the console of the car and truck, so the side openings are perfect. I also love that I can keep the tablets in a central location, and not wonder where they are later. 

Lets not forget snacks.  Lemon Heads and peanut butter crackers are a must. Books will easily fit into the bottom pocket.  I pack coloring and reading books as well as crayons for the little one. There’s also 3 pencil holders for pencils, pens and markers for the 8 year old, he loves word search puzzles. 

If your wondering about the fit, don’t. The organizer fits over the headrest and adjust easily. I highly recommend the Bearoy Luxury Backseat Organizer. 

Note: I received the Bearoy Organizer in return for this review; however, all opinions are my own.

 

Guest Post – Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks Recipe

 

easy pizza recipes

 

Are you looking for a delicious snack recipe that will save you hours in the kitchen? Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks make an interesting and tasty snack for your kids and/or your guests. They are very easy to make and are a true crowd-pleaser.

I love to make them, because they go great with beer. Unfortunately right now I am on this interesting 3 week diet plan, that doesn’t allow me to drink beer during this period, but that means more for my dear friends, for whom I cook very often.

There probably isn’t a living person that is not a fan of pizza and there are a lot of reasons for that. Pizza is yummy, you can order it in a lot of amazing restaurants around the world or you can decide to stay inside your cozy home and order in. The best part about pizza is that the ingredients can be altered to fit anyone’s dietary needs. That means that if you change the ingredients in our recipe shown below you can easily make vegetarian or gluten free pizza sticks that are equally tasty. You can place on top of the pizza crust literally anything you prefer!

On the plus side, you can always save some extra sticks for your next meal. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t eat pizza leftovers that have been in your refrigerator for more than 3-4 days or that has been left out for more than 2 hours.
What you’ll need:

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 3.5 ounce feta cheese
  • 3.5 ounce of parmesan or your favorite cheese
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame with sea salt

Directions:

  1. Pure a little bit of olive oil on top of the crust and spread it equally all over it.
  2. Sprinkle a little bit salt and pepper .
  3. Cut the feta cheese into squares and grind it.
  4. Spread the cheese on the crust
  5. Sprinkle garlic powder and sesame with sea salt on top.
  6. Bake the crust in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut it into thin pieces. 

These pizza sticks are best to be eaten as soon as you take them out of the oven, but I personally don’t mind eating them after few hours when they are already cold, too.

I hope you enjoy making this easy and fun Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks. This recipe will save you a lot of prep time in the kitchen and you kids and guests will love it.

 

Viktor Milevski is a perfectionist by nature, big enthusiast, great chef, blogger and a beer lover. Find out more about him on his blog Fashion Corner!

Inspirational Quote – Warriors

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