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Parenting Teens: advice from 11 o’clock Mom and Elaine S. Dalton


315023_2524310076394_1512639107_2680208_1084520890_nAs a single parent (albeit one with lots of help) it’s not hard to have an almost instant connection with other single parents.  I also treasure my friendships with married friends with children with whom I can commiserate with and get advice from. It’s not that I don’t appreciate single friends without children/friends without children, I just need the bonding time with other parents as well.  It seems that for me, lately, much of my time is spent with singles who don’t have kids, and I often find myself trying not to talk about my kids *all the time* and annoying them.  Even though they don’t seem annoyed.

My first “blog advice link” today come from a friend that was in the same ward as me in my last ward in California, Becky Davidson.  She and her husband and kids are pretty awesome.  Becky is a “stay at home mom” with all the understatement that phrase gives.  She has four kids, three of them teens and one of those on a mission, and is a once and sometime literature professor with a very fun to read blog.  Her husband Aaron is a successful entrepreneur.  They are quite the hard-working, fun, creative family.  They are currently spending a year in Spain (minus the missionary, who is serving in Arizona) “just for fun.”

In this installment, she lauds the amount of quality blogs dedicated to parenting small children, but laments, in comparison, the lack of such for parents of teens.  She then asks the question,

How Do You Know If Your Teenager’s Friend Is A Good Fit?

What do you think?  Answer here, or I’m sure she’d love a comment on her blog.  And what has been your favorite advice on parenting teens?

Her question must have been timely, because I received my new April 2013 Ensign in the mail today, and it contained this article, and a link to another on the same subject in the New Era:

~The Importance of Good Friends

~What Is a True Friend?


Author: pickleclub1971

I'm a single mom of 2: a Southern CA native, who transplanted to Utah 4 years ago. I have one 18 year old who is off to the Ivy League, and one 14 year old who is in high school. I served an LDS Mission to Southern France and I’ve also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Idaho, Northern Arizona, and New Hampshire. I love 80’s music, classical music, choral music, playing the piano, singing, speaking what French I still remember, and talking about history and music with whomever will listen. I love that my kids are better at math than I was at their age. (But they still get frequent historical references from me…anyone familiar with Ducky from NCIS? He’s that kind of medical examiner, I’m that kind of mom.) My kids also think I know all the lyrics to all the songs from the 80’s, mainly because I’m good at making them up and faking it when I don’t know. Sometimes they catch me. I’m currently disabled with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I want to get better (of course) and be an advocate for trauma survivors and others with mental illnesses. I like people in general. I suffer from the delusion that I can make everyone my friend, but of course that isn’t possible: but I still believe that the world can be a better place.

3 thoughts on “Parenting Teens: advice from 11 o’clock Mom and Elaine S. Dalton

  1. Hey thanks for the link that was a great article.

  2. Heya! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask.
    Does managing a well-established website such as yours take a large amount of work?
    I’m brand new to writing a blog however I do write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog
    so I can easily share my personal experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand
    new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

    • Hi Martha,
      It really doesn’t take that much work. I do wish that I had the time to post every week. I think I’d have even more followers if I stuck to short entries and kept them coming on a regular basis. I actually got a lot of advice from a couple good friends who are web developers, as well as friends with their own blogs. Once you get used to whatever service you use (I like wordpress the best, but some recommended blogspot as well), the more you use it and play around with it, the more you learn. You can also learn a lot by Googling any questions you have. Hope this helps! There really are a lot more people who know a lot more than I do. One day at a time is all you need, though. 🙂

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