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Tips for Teaching Your Teen to Drive in Winter Conditions

Teenagers are very excited when the day comes and they are old enough to drive on their own. It gives them the freedom to go where they want and you don’t have to drop everything to take them. While this is a great thing for most parents, there are scary times when it comes to allowing your teenager to drive. One of the scariest and most concerning times comes with the winter season. Now for some of you, this is no different then driving in the summer as you don’t experience snow, but for the rest of us it is.

Driving in the snow is a lot different then driving on dry or even wet roads. You must be careful of drifting snow and ice on the road. Your driving must change completely, but as an inexperienced driver, theses changes may not be known. Here are a few tips to help you get your teen through driving in the winter.

The first and most important thing to teach your teen is to slow down. Driving on roads with snow and ice is not something to mess around with, so it’s important they slow down. This could mean slowing down by 20 miles per hour or even slower if the conditions warrant it.

Breaking is another important thing you must teach your teen about as it’s much different on dry roads than it is on snow and ice. You want to pump your breaks in these types of roads. If you break too hard your car will begin to slide and that will put your teen into a state of panic. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top 10 Manners Everyone Should Use

How many times have you gone into a public place and have had someone not use their manners with you or someone else? It happens all the time and it’s possible the reason is because we were never taught what manners are and how we should use them all the time.

It’s important we use manners at all times because hurting others or being mean to others is not a good idea. The saying, “Do unto others as you would want done to you” is important and a good rule to follow.

Here are the top 10 manners you should use when you have the need.

1. When you ask for something make sure you say please.
2. When someone gives you something make sure you say thank you.
3. Don’t reach across the table for something, ask for it.
4. When you’re asked how you’re doing make sure you ask them in return.
5. If you’re not sure if you’re supposed to do something, ask for permission.
6. If you must walk in front of someone or you run into them, say excuse me.
7. Don’t be mean or call others names.
8. Don’t make fun of others or tease them for any reason.
9. Don’t say mean things about the appearance of others.
10. Don’t interrupt others when they are speaking. Wait for them to stop.

It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are, or who you are, using your manners is a must. It also doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you are, manners need to be used at all times. When you’re a parent you must teach your children about manners at an early age. It’s also important you use your manners at all times since children follow what the adults in their lives.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She is married and has two teenager boys. She loves spending time with her family. Catch up with everything she has going on when you go to to read her mommy blog.

Tips for Helping your Children Understand Money

How many times have you told your child, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”? I know I used to tell my boys that on a regular basis. Sometimes it felt like I was telling them this several times a day. Small children and sometimes the older ones as well, don’t understand this, but it’s something you need to show them or they’ll have money problems for years to come.

We give our boys an allowance every week, but it doesn’t come free. They must do chores around the house or they won’t get it. Those chores include taking out the trash, rolling the garbage can to the street once a week, taking care of the dog, cleaning their rooms, and helping pick up other rooms in the house. It’s not a lot, but we do expect them to help or they won’t be paid.

It’s no different then a regular job or a business. If you sit around and do nothing all day, you’re not going to receive a paycheck for it and if you do it won’t take long before it’s noticed and it comes to an end. Well you need to treat the chores and allowance the same way.

If they don’t do what’s been assigned to them for the day or week, the allowance will either be docked for a certain amount or it won’t be given at all. This may be hard to do, so you’ll need to come up with a way to make it work. Pay a certain amount of money a day or per chore so it’s easy to dock it from the pay when it’s not done. Using a whiteboard may help with this or you can create a spreadsheet with the chores and boxes to mark when it’s been done.

Another thing we struggled with was with them borrowing money. If one of the boys wanted something at the store, but didn’t have the money we used to buy it for them and not require them to pay us back. It got to a point where he would purposely leave his money at home because he knew we’d just buy it for him. While this was a hard lesson it was one we decided was a must. We were spending way too much money doing this and it was defeating the purpose, so it came to an end. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Suggestions for Helping your Teenager Deal with Difficult Times

Teenagers have a lot of hormones running ramped in their bodies. At times they can handle them on their own, but more times than not, they don’t know how and they take it out on others or they make poor choices. Sometimes the actions are ok, but other times they aren’t, so it’s important you help them through it.

Regularly talk to your teenager about things going on in your community and in the world. While it’s almost impossible to talk about everything, you can do a lot when you talk to them and share with them how you would handle the situation if they had done what this person did.

Helping your child through this difficult time is not easy, but it needs to be done or you’ll find your child will be depressed or worse, they’ll do something they will regret for the rest of their lives. You don’t want that to happen, so it’s best to help them through it. Here are a few tips to help make that happen.

One the best ways to help your teenager overcome the difficult times they go through with their hormones is to communicate with them. Make sure you tell them you are always there for them no matter what happens. You need to show them you want them to feel comfortable talking to you about anything and everything. When you get them to this point they’ll know you care.

While discipline is difficult to do with your teenager, it’s something you must do. It’s another one of those things that’ll show them you care. They may be really upset when you first do it, but they will remember it when they go to do it again. The actions they do now will effect them later in life so it’s important to discipline them when they do something wrong. When they know you’re series about it they won’t do it again. After a time or two of being punished for something you told them not to do they’ll see you’re doing it because you love them.

Teenagers have a tendency to wear their feelings on their shirt sleeve, which makes it hard to live with them at times. A look given to them or a few words spoken is all it takes to set them off. The attitude comes out and you’re in it for the long hall. So it’s best to help them through these tough times. Communication and disciplinary actions are two of the best ways to help your teenager through this difficult time in their life. Make sure you show them you care and that you love them.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She is married and has two teenager boys. She loves spending time with her family. Catch up with everything she has going on when you click here to read her mommy blog.

Tips for Allowance Discussions

Discussing allowance can be hard if you’re not prepared when it comes to talking with your children. There are a number of things you need to know and have in mind when it comes time to have this talk. Here are some tips for you to use when the time comes.

The first thing you need to do is decide what chores your children will do and you need to make this decision based on their age and ability. You don’t want to give them chores that are too hard for them and if you have younger children you don’t want to give your older children chores that are too easy, but just perfect for the younger ones. So it’s important to make this decision ahead of time.

The next thing to do is decide how much you will pay your children for the chores they will do. You can pay them per chore or per week, but it’s important that they know how they will be paid. It’s also important for them to know what happens if they don’t do the chores. While this is hard to enforce, you must do it so they know you are series. It’s also a good way for them to know what happens in the real world when they get a job.

Once these two decisions have been made you need to decide how you will keep track of the chores and how you will assign them if they will be different from day to day or month to month. There are a couple of ways to do this, but not all of them may work. So you need to look into them and decide what you will use.

1. Chore list
2. Paper on the fridge
3. Whiteboard
4. Memory

Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages so you need to consider those before making a decision. The whiteboard and possibly the chore list will cost you money so you definitely want to think about those before you make the purchase. The paper on the fridge and memory don’t cost anything so you’re not out anything if they don’t work.

Paying allowance can be hard if you don’t regularly go to the bank or have cash on hand, so it’s important to make sure you find a way to get the money and pay them regularly. They will become discouraged and not want to do the chores if you don’t pay them like you decided. You may want to consider paying them when you get paid or get the money at the beginning of the month and then pay them each week.

Once the allowance discussions have been done it’s time to put everything into action. Make sure everyone knows when the chores must be done, what happens if they aren’t, and when payment will be made. It’s important to do chores and when you enforce it each day or week your children will become responsible adults from it.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She is married and has a teenager and a tween. She loves spending time with her family. Catch up with everything she has going on when you go to to read her mommy blog.

IEP Struggles

Parenting is not an easy job at times. Of course, there are days when it’s hard to believe you’re a parent, but those days are slim compared to those when it’s hard to be a parent.

Our youngest has been on an IEP since he was two years old. This school year is his first in the middle school setting and we’re very pleased with his progress. He’s brought himself up to grade level with his reading, he passed a math lab class and was taken out of it, and he’s made the honor roll all three quarters. He’s also on the well on his way to making the honor roll again.

Now this school year we chose to do the IEP early and we invited all of his teachers to attend. This gave us the ability to have them help set goals for Josh and it gave us a chance to explain how Josh is and how he does in school.

Recently I received a call from the school regarding Josh’s IEP for this year. They want to hold the meeting in May rather than August. This means we won’t have the ability to have his new teachers involved in the meeting. This is not good in my opinion, but I don’t have a choice in the matter. The IEP must be completed by August 23 which is the day before school starts.

I shared my concerns with the school and they have assured me we can hold the meeting in May as they want and then we can hold another one in August or September so the new teachers can be involved. If any changes need to be made we can submit an amendment to the original IEP. I’m struggling with this, but doing my best to hope it works. I just hope it does work. I don’t know if that meeting is what has helped Josh, but I’m not going to run the risk of that being the case.

Family Time: Playing Darts

Spending time together as a family is so important. Your children need to know you care about them and you want to spend time with them no matter what you have going on. If you’re as busy as I am you know spending time with your family can be a challenge, but it’s important you find a way to make it happen.

One thing we enjoy doing is playing a game of darts. My hubby has an electronic dartboard which saves us time because we don’t have to keep track of the score. The board takes care of it for us which gives us more time to play.

Kevin’s board has a game that we really enjoy. The first person to reach 321 wins, but the difficult part of the game is that your score can go to zero quickly. If someone gets the same score as someone else that person goes to zero and the person that hit that score gets to continue on. It’s a lot of fun and brings a lot of smiles and laughter to the room.

So if you are not spending quality time with your family, you need to find a way to make it happen. Even if it’s only 15 or 20 minutes, you need to make it happen. You’re children will thank you for it.

Family Mexican Night

Family time is important and a must in today’s society. Peer pressure is so hard for children to deal with and sometimes they may feel there is nobody there to help them get through it. When you spend time together as a family; talking and laughing, they’ll feel better about things and they’ll know you are the one they can come to for help and guidance.

Family night can be anything you want it to be and you can serve any type of food you want, so you’ll have the ability to do what you want. Family Mexican night is one suggestion for you to consider and it’s a great way to enjoy the company of your family. Here is a suggestion for your family Mexican night.

The games you play need to be based on the age of your children, but it doesn’t really matter what you play or how you do it. The important thing to remember is the fact that you’re spending time together as a family.

Some suggestions for games would be Monopoly, go fish, or Uno just to name a few. There are so many different games you can play, so it’s important you find one that is fun and interesting to your children. You may consider purchasing a new game each month so you have a variety to choose from. Another idea is to let your children take turns choosing the game and meal you have each time. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Fun Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is a special time of year for elementary school kids. In most schools they have a party that consists of handing out Valentine’s Day cards and then eating sweets and playing games or watching a movie. It’s a fun time for all the children and it’s a good way for the parents to come to the classroom and watch their children have a good time.

One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is the cards you hand out to all of your friends. The easiest way to handle these cards is to go to the store and purchase a box of cards with your child’s favorite cartoon character on them. Adding the names will be the easy part and that’s if your child decides to do that. He may decide to put his name on them and hand them out as he goes.

If you choose to do the cards you purchase at the store, you can still attach a piece of candy to the card or you can include it in the envelope if they come with them. These candies can be just about anything you’d like them to be and the kids will just love them.

If you want to have a little fun with the holiday, you can go to the store and purchase goodie bags and fill them with fun things that the kids will enjoy. You can put a card in each one or have your child make them and use a ribbon to attach it to the outside of the bag. You can also include candy, a Valentine’s Day pencil, a fun eraser, and a cookie.

Another fun thing you can do with Valentine’s Day cards is to help your child to create their own cards. You can do this with a program or you can come up with it on your own using a Paint program. The best thing to do is to figure out what the size needs to be so you can have four cards to a page and that way you’ll be able to easily print them. You can add picture, some words, your child’s name, and the name of the person that’s going to get the card. This is a great way to allow your child to be creative on this special holiday.

Kids love Valentine’s Day mainly because of the candy that they get from their friends and family. When you allow your children to be creative with the cards they give to their family and friends they’ll enjoy it even more and that’s a wonderful feeling for them.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she is a wife and mother of two boys. She loves helping her clients with their day to day work, but most importantly she enjoys spending time with her family. Click here to find out what she has going on with her family.

Grocery Shopping with Your Children

Depending on how often you go grocery shopping, it’s possible you could be there for a while. Part of it depends on how organized you are and the other part depends on if you do comparison shopping and use other store ads and coupons. None the less, it’s possible you could be in the grocery store for an hour or two at any given time.

When you have children that can seem like an eternity and it’s possible after a short while, they’re going to get bored and not want to be there anymore. When this happens they get antsy and may cause you problems. Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through your grocery shopping time.

1. The best way to handle grocery shopping with your children is to find a babysitter for them. Most of the time this option will not work or you may not want to always find a sitter for your children so you’ll want to consider the other suggestions.

2. Rewarding your children if they are good is an option that may work more times than you think. You can reward them with a toy, a treat, or whatever works for you. You can change this each time or keep it the same every time you go. You’ll need to remind them each time you go that the reward is there if they behave and don’t cause problems.

3. If your children are old enough and have a cell phone, you could allow them to go to the toy department for a short amount of time while you do your shopping. While you may not be done when you require them to come back, it will keep them occupied for the time being and that may be just enough to get them through the rest of your time there without hassle.

4. Allowing your children to help you with your shopping may be better than you’ll ever think. Let them pick out the things specific to them such as breakfast and lunch meals. Also allowing them to grab things off the shelves as you go by will make them feel important.

Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a terrible thing when you have children. When you plan accordingly you’ll get through it with fewer problems and you won’t dread going each time. When you use one of the four suggestions in this article grocery shopping will be a breeze and you’ll teach your children that you’re serious about their behavior.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she is a wife and mother of two boys. She loves helping her clients with their day to day work, but most importantly she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Click here to find out what she has going on with her family.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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