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Nothing to See Here, Just a Middle-Aged Guy Bitching About Kids These Days and their Damned Music!

Kids these days are so Goddamn normal. Their music doesn’t even bother me.

Back in my day we used to walk six miles, barefoot through rain sleet, or snow, just to piss our parents off. 549 more words


Tips for Setting Limits on Electronics and Screen Time for Kids

There are lots of reasons why it is important to establish electronics rules for kids. However, many parents aren’t sure how to go about setting limits with TV, cell phones, video games, computers and other technological devices.In addition to your house rules, kids and teenagers need specific rules with their electronics. 670 more words


Easy love. Hard love.

This is for parents of teen-agers and “bounce backers”. I just heard that term “bounce backers” the other day. It refers to the dread of all parents-the adult child who moves back home. 680 more words



“You don’t get me!” his 15 year-old sons screams hurled through the door. The ensuing banging noise told him that, currently, his son was destroying his room. 44 more words

Micro Fiction

Tell Me A Story

I woke up this morning to find pictures on Facebook of my son’s car being towed from LAX.  Later I will call him and say, “Tell me a story about your car,” and he will begin, “Okay, so I was at the airport. 420 more words

Tips And Tricks

Raising teens?

10 Tips for raising teens without losing your sanity. A sense of humor is so important! And if you’re in the thick of this right now, run – don’t walk – and go get a copy of… 6 more words

Favorites From the Archives: "The Fairly Quiet Hour" (AJ 2013)

                                   Alligator Juniper, 2013, Student Winner: Creative Nonfiction

After it appeared in AJ, “The Fairly Quiet Hour” was selected for inclusion in plain china,  5,320 more words


Ray Yanek reblogged this on Writing the Rails and commented:

Haven't posted in awhile, but I read this piece from E.L. DeLeo that was published in a 2013 edition of Alligator Juniper and found it worth sharing. The piece is a memoir of a time DeLeo spent in a mental institution when she was 16 and it's a fine piece of writing. What's more important though, are the questions the memoir should raise in us as teachers. As teachers, are we more like the employees of the hospital, or surfers on the beach? Think about it. Would love to hear your thoughts and talk about this so please leave a comment!