5 Rules of Raising Teenagers

by Michelle Lamar

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The Five Rules of Raising Teenagers was originally published over on Huffington Post.  Here’s an excerpt:

If you haven’t experienced the third circle of hell in parenting, a.k.a parenting a teenager, you might want to skip this blog post.

Raising teenagers is the ‘Twilight Zone’ stage of child rearing. As a parent of a teen, you will be faced with situations daily that aren’t in the parenting books. Here are a few examples of challenges you might encounter:

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Peeps Show Funeral

The Washington Post’s annual Peeps Show inspires weird humor every Spring.  2014 was the eighth year of the Peeps contest showing marshmallow peeps in strange and wonderful dioramas.

The Peeps Show contest gives the Internet a reason to take sweet little Marshmallow Peeps and make them do tacky,tasteless–and sometimes very funny things.  For example, one of the entries from 2014 is a Marshmallow Peep funeral.

Candy Peeps seem to inspire twisted humor, with prime examples being the Peeps Show contest and the website Peeps Research.

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Quotes for Parents Raising Teenagers

by Michelle Lamar
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I have some quotes of inspiration for parents of teenagers, because I think parents of teens need it the most. The challenge of raising teens is that they LOOK more grown-up but then you get a reality check. I had a big reality check recently, when I saw the broken chair in the basement. Apparently […]

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Book: ‘The Good Life for Less’ by Amy Allen Clark

by Michelle Lamar
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My friend Amy Allen Clark has a new book that hit stores today!  The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget is going to be a hit. Amy is the type of person who instantly makes you feel at ease—she’s a “Martha Stewart” for […]

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Cool Gifts for Teen Girls

by Michelle Lamar
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If you have a teenage girl, you know the gift they want most is…CASH.  Cash is king for teenagers in general and teen girls especially like cash—otherwise it means a parent will pick out the gift! Besides money cards and gift cards, you want to give your teenage girl a holiday gifts—so here are a […]

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Funny Someecards for Thanksgiving

by Michelle Lamar
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The Thanksgiving holiday looms and when you’re divorced, holiday weekends can mean a shuffle of kids between family gatherings.  Divorce puts the FUN back into dysfunctional family holidays. If your family was already dysfunctional before divorce, having to split time with your ex during the holiday adds to the chaos. The holidays can be bittersweet […]

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Recipe: Deep-Fried Twinkies

by Michelle Lamar
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Hostess Brands has closed! As slacker moms, junk food junkies and stoners mourn the loss our favorite brand,  I will be posting recipes for some of the best (and worst) Hostess treats of all time. The DEEP-FRIED Twinkie is a guilty pleasure that can only be found at carnivals and state fairs.  Deep-Fried Twinkies are […]

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Inspire Me

by Michelle Lamar
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In spite of all the political ugliness, there is so much good in the world.  Just look at the aid pouring out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy!  Images of #SandyHelp show the best of all of us. BuzzFeed has 26 inspiring images from Hurricane Sandy.  If the BuzzFeed pictures don’t make you feel better, […]

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Halloween: “Slutty Skunks” and Ghosts Dressed Like Hookers [VIDEO]

by Michelle Lamar
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Halloween: When “slutty skunks” and ghosts dressed like hookers roam the neighborhood! If you have a daughter over the age of eight, it’s tough to find  a Halloween costume that doesn’t make your precious look like a stripper from Mars.  The older a girl gets, the harder it is to find a Halloween costume. It’s […]

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Bullying Prevention Month: Bullying Facts

by Michelle Lamar
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TV Anchor Jennifer Livingston’s response to a bully fired me up today.  October kicked off Bullying Prevention Month and I want to spread the word about the true impact of bullying on kids. First of all, being bullied is not “normal” kid stuff. “Being bullied is not just an unpleasant rite of passage through childhood,” […]

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TV Anchor Schools Bully Who Called Her Fat [Video]

by Michelle Lamar
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TV anchor Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV in LaCrosse, Wisconsin is my hero. Livingston took a hurtful and cruel letter from a viewer and turned it into an empowering response against online bullying. I love this so much. Livingston’s powerful response is all over the news but if you haven’t seen it, you need to stop […]

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