10 Tips for Feeding a Teenage Boy

If you have teenagers, you know how hungry they are. Especially teenage boys. 4 months into his 13th year, my son outgrew me. Meaning he is now taller and weighs more than me. It is a strange but wonderful feeling to look at my “baby” and see a growing man who is now way stronger than me. I take my role as his mom very seriously, and one of the most important aspects of my role is to keep him healthy, happy and full. Please don’t ever, ever make your sweet boys feel guilty for the amount of food they…

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What Led to our Decision to Homeschool?

Homeschoolers get asked this question a lot. A lot. In my experience, most of time, parents are just curious about why someone would choose such an odd lifestyle. Sometimes the looks we get make us laugh. Everything from open, gaping mouths to snarled faces are given when I tell people we are a homeschooling family. Homeschooling is not for every family, and I never judge others for their choices, but homeschooling is the right choice for us, and we love living such an outlandish and peculiar lifestyle. To be honest, this is my number one answer. To be perfectly honest again, I’ve been…

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How to Raise a Boy Who Loves to Read

A few years ago, a kid told my son that only geeks like books and that reading is stupid. Can you believe that! My son just laughed and replied with something along the lines of, “And that is why I am and always will be smarter than you.” It was snarky, but I was so proud of that comeback. Did you know that 80% of families in the United States have not read a story together in the past year, and 42% of high school graduates will never read another book for the rest of their lives. Those really are heartbreaking statistics,…

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From Ice Storms to Palm Trees to Snow

“Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping.”  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)  We took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando this week and that quote from Harry Potter sums up exactly how I felt walking around. Oh, the joy on my son’s face as the Hogwarts Express came down the tracks, the shock and awe as we walked through the secret jagged wall that…

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Meeting Matt Smith

My son is a Doctor Who fanatic. Actually, fanatic may be an understatement. For crying out loud, we have a 6-foot tall TARDIS, 6-foot tall Cyberman, and a 5-foot tall inflatable Dalek in our living room. He has also successfully converted a dozen friends and family members into fans. It takes a die-hard fan to go that far. When I found out that Matt Smith, the eleventh Doctor and my son’s favorite incarnation, was going to be in Chicago for the annual comic con, my husband and I immediately started making plans. The photo opportunity ticket was purchased just in the…

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DIY Minifigure Display Case

This was a very easy father-son Saturday project. So easy that it only took a couple of hours. What you need: six craft boards – the dimensions of one piece = 1/2″ x 2″ x 36″ seven 14″ long pieces for the shelves. two 18″ long pieces for the sides. two 16″ long pieces (glued on top of each other) for the top section with Police Public Call Box on it. two 10″ long pieces (glued on top of each other) for the section above that. one 2″ x 3″ block of wood for the tippy top of the TARDIS. nails and wood glue paint…

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