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Teens: Hanging on while letting go

So far Sherry Kula Tucker has survived three years of teenagers and isn’t finding them as scary as she thought they’d be. She blogs about her adventures with her teenage son and daughter, the things she wishes people would have warned her about, and the things she never expected to be so much fun.

Is it right to “get back at” your teen on Facebook?

By Sherry Kula Tucker
Lately I’ve been seeing on the news how parents are getting back at their kids via Facebook.  I have to say I completely disagree with this behavior.

I saw where a man made a video to his daughter explaining to her how he was disappointed with her complaining on Facebook then he proceeded to destroy her computer.  He posted the video on the Internet.  I can’t say I completely disagree with this guy.  I watched the video and from what I remember it was just explaining that she was acting like a spoiled brat and he wasn’t going to take it anymore.  Maybe I’m being inconsistent but although extreme, I didn’t find his actions to be the “get back” behavior that I really don’t like. More »

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No “Mother of the Year” award for me

By Sherry Kula TuckerIt’s official – I won’t be winning any “Mother of the Year” awards this year!  Not that I thought I was super mom before this incident but, it sure didn’t score me any points, and I don’t think I will ever live it down with my husband.

This wasn’t my first offense at slightly poor judgment, but it certainly was the most embarrassing, at least for me.  My husband thinks I’m making a bigger deal out of it than it is, and he is probably right. More »

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3 things I don’t want to be to my teenagers

By Sherry Kula TuckerApril’s list is simple — just three of the things I don’t want to be to my teenage children, at least not for awhile.

1. A friend; 2. An Enabler; 3. Cute. Read on to find out why. More »

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I can’t drive THAT to high school!

By Sherry Kula TuckerWhat does every teenage boy want more than anything in the world? You guessed it – their own set of wheels!

My son got his license almost a year ago and buying a car is pretty much all I have heard about for the past eleven months.

I have been to every car lot in the area several times. More »

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Canceled flight adventure

By Sherry Kula TuckerOn the 1.7-mile drive to school each morning I usually have to stop my kids from bickering at least once — so imagine my surprise when after nearly 11 hours stuck in a small airport there had been no complaining or arguing!

I have to commend my teens for handling a frustrating situation with humor and patience. What could have been a very bad day actually turned out to be an odd type of adventure with some perks in the end. More »

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Confessions of a teenager’s mom

By Sherry Kula TuckerIt’s true, I believe the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.” So I’ve gone to great lengths to make sure my kids only saw what I wanted them to. But many of my friends believe the philosophy, “Do as I say and not as I do.” More »

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Fool me once …

By Sherry Kula TuckerI’m not a big practical joker, but I have always enjoyed doing something fun on every notable day on the calendar – including April Fools Day. When the kids were little it was easy to trick them. As they got older I had to be a little more creative.

I’m not one to do things that will embarrass or upset anyone; I prefer fun, silly things that make them laugh. Now I’m thankful for that because it turns out you really DO get what you give! More »

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The March list — decoding teen lingo

By Sherry Kula TuckerI swore I wouldn’t become my mother, not that there is anything wrong with that. But I swore that when I had kids, I would be cool. Well, that didn’t exactly pan out. Somehow I became the uncool mom that I thought my mom was back when I was in high school. The funny thing is, I don’t care like I thought I would. More »

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The Cinnamon Challenge

By Sherry Kula TuckerIn high school things change fast!   It’s probably old news now, but a few weeks ago the big thing was “The Cinnamon Challenge” and my daughter insisted she must do it. I didn’t think cinnamon sounded too bad so I asked her to tell me more about it.  Quickly she pulled up her Facebook account and started showing me videos of her friends.  “See Mom, it’s funny.  You take a tablespoon of cinnamon and try to swallow it.” More »

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Makeup & hair dye… oh my

By Sherry Kula TuckerI realize teenage girls like makeup, and I am even guilty of buying it for my daughter.  I don’t think it is a bad thing, and I don’t have a problem with my daughter wearing it — in moderation.  The problem I had was when my daughter first wanted to wear makeup in about the 7th or 8th grade. More »

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