Road Trips, Self-esteem, Teen Trust & Mommy-Daughter Dates

BonBon Break

4 Tips for Putting the HO-HO-HO in Holiday Road Trips

~:: Karen Dawkins of Family Travels on a Budget ::~


ABOUT KAREN: Karen and her family have learned the art of enjoying the travel experience. She shares humorous anecdotes from her own experiences and uses them to equip the reader to travel better. At Family Travels on a Budget, she helps readers plan, budget and experience their vacation dreams.

You can follow Karen’s travel advice on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

I Am Rubber and You’re Glue…

~:: Perspective Parenting ::~

You know those priceless teachable moments we have as parents where you want to swoop in and show them the way? Like when your child discovers the fact that not everyone will always be nice to them. You want to protect them and tell them that people are mean and they are wonderful, but if you are focusing on reality, they need to learn the truth…communication is a two way street.






ABOUT LYNN: She  is a mother of 2 young children and a professional school counselor to adolescents. She shares her perspectives regularly on everyday parenting concerns based on professional counseling experience fused with personal parenting experiences, using a blend of humor and reality.

You can follow Lynn on Facebook and Twitter.


Will Your Teenager Call When She Needs Help?

~:: Momfaze ::~

If your teen was in trouble, would she call for help?

It was just another lazy Saturday night in when the phone rang. Actually, I missed the call on my cell first, then it rang.

When a phone call starts a story, you know something big is about to go down. The truth is, I was half-expecting this call to come on some Saturday night someday. I just didn’t expect it tonight.

It was my 14-year-old daughter. Something had to be wrong because otherwise, she would text.


ABOUT MOMFAZE: Toronto freelance writer/editor Randi Chapnik Myers and social communicator Mara Shapiro blog for momfaze, a no-holds-barred site for parents of teens and tweens. Randi, who also writes for Today’s Parent, More magazine and the Globe & Mail, is proud to be an expert carpooler, a reluctant chef, and a hockey mom at StixandPux. Mara, a Community Manager for Our Kids Media and book reviewer on Be Nice or Leave Thanks, has a hard time wiping the smile off her face while trying to perfect the art of saying No to her three teenagers.


Follow them at and on Twitter @momfaze as they stalk their kids online and live to write about it.

20 Mommy-Daughter Dates

~:: Because My Life is Fascinating ::~

I’m not a parenting expert, so the minute I start acting like I know it all is when I get poop thrown at me in Target by my screaming, naked child. (For the record, this hasn’t happened. Yet.) I do, however, consider myself an expert, so to speak, in mommy-daughter dating. This has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with my Mom. I am a product–a success story of mommy-daughter dating.

And I want that same success with my daughter!

My hope is to provide y’all with some ideas that will fuel your relationship with your little girl! And you know, if you just happen to “Pin” it well golly-gee-whiz I’ll probably do a little happy dance in the kitchen.


ABOUT HILLJEAN: Hi, I’m Hilljean from My blog is a sometimes snarky, sometimes warm, but always real site about navigating through the mundane in life and locating the fascinating. I married my high school sweetheart, and now he’s a philosopher. We have a four-year old daughter and a two-year old son. They are absolutely a full-time job. If you want a good laugh (and sometimes a foggy cry) subscribe by email, follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!