Family Room September 10 2012

BonBon Break

 AN OBVIOUS EXPLANATION ::: Wrinkled Mommy: Life & Parenting Illustrated

Do you know those times when something problematic happens and you are SO proud of yourself for analyzing the situation in a mature way, and then deciding on a plan of action? Yes? I don’t. My mind does not work that way as you will soon find out on An Obvious Explanation.


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About Debbie: Debbie blogs at Wrinkled Mommy about life and parenting. She uses humor and illustrations frequently in order to explain the chaos that occurs from being a mom of six, including one set of triplets.

She left her corporate Senior Account Analyst career, to stay home and be a servant to her insubordinate offspring. In her spare time she enjoys…never mind, she has no spare time.

Follow Wrinkled Mommy’s delusional journey via Facebook, RSS Reader and Twitter. She is also on Pinterest which is not a good thing for a crafty challenged mom like herself. But, whatever.


“Settle down!” “Use your inside voice!” “No hitting.” “Be kind.” We bark orders at our kids at lightning speed, yet we often don’t take our own advice. Being the example we wish to see in our children is far more powerful than verbiage about behaviors that we can’t demonstrate ourselves.

Which of these do you need to work on?


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About Wendy: Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is the founder of Kidlutions and the Spin-Doctor Parenting {and Teaching} blog. She has been featured as a mental health and parenting expert in various media outlets. Her ideas have been shared in magazines, books and online. Connect with her on, FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

Remembering ::: My Dishwasher’s Possessed

Growing up in the 70 and 80’s it was not uncommon to hear the adults in my life speak about where they were when President Kennedy was shot. I was always struck by how my parents or teachers would be transported right back to the day. They could recall what they were doing, who they saw, how they found out. The collective memory of that event brought people together.

Though I had experienced a few days where it seemed all eyes were on the news, it was not until that fateful day of September 11 did I really understand the significance of that shared memory.

Perhaps what stands out the most is that in New York, September 11, 2001 was a gorgeous, perfect sunny morning filled with promise…

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Kathy Radigan is the creator of the family life blog, My Dishwasher’s Possessed!  Her first love was acting and singing which she pursued until the desire to pay her rent became stronger. She left her job as an assistant in a Venture Capital firm when she and her husband had their first child in 1998 and has been enjoying and immersed in the raising of their three children ever since.

When Kathy and Joe’s youngest child started kindergarten in the fall of 2010 their children’s schools went paperless. Kathy begrudgingly got her first email address and became a full fledged mom blogger a few months later. Her site, My Dishwasher’s Possessed, posts a weekly essay that explores the funny, messy and hectic life of a family that includes two boys with learning issues, a daughter with significant special needs and a crazed appliance.

You can find Kathy on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

10 Ways to Teach Teens Independence ::: The Hope Coach

Teenagers crave freedom. They chaff under the restrictions imposed by parents, teachers, and society, and each generation seems to spend a few years struggling to find their way and place. Adolescence is that time of discovery, learning the skills necessary to become a successful independent adult. Some teenagers seem to struggle more than others. If you have a teen in the middle of that struggle, it may seem like their intention is to simply reject everything that you suggest, fighting back against your guidance and rebelling against your values.

Let’s step back for a moment and explore what it really means for teenagers to grow towards independence. When your teen rejects your suggestions, refuses to follow your lead, or defies your family values, is there a way to walk through the mine-field without being in constant conflict?


About Ronae: Ronae Jull is the HOPE Coach, working tirelessly to help transform families. As a mother of four adult children and three grandchildren, Ronae has walked first-hand through the challenges of parenting children of all ages and stages. With over 20 years’ experience as a family mentor and coach, Ronae remains passionate about helping families find hope and heal from past hurts.

Ronae Jull is a prolific writer, author, counselor, and radio personality. Pick up her latest book, A Bigger Bandaid: hope for parents abused as children on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.