Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Van Petten’

The College Process: Where Should a High Schooler Start?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I just read a terrific post, “The College Process in 8 Steps,” over on Vanessa Van Petten’s wonderful blog Radical Parenting (Parenting Advice Written by Kids). Liked it so much I’m sending it to my nephew, saving it for my son and passing it around to my mom friends, in fact.

One of Van Petten’s teen bloggers on the site, 17-year-old Jennifer, obviously has a good handle on the whole college process and breaks it down into chunks that won’t intimidate even high school freshmen (or their parents) too much. (And yes, you do need to start thinking about at least some of this — like your high school transcript — as a freshman.)

Thanks to Van Petten for creating a wonderful place where talented and thoughtful teen writers can share important information. This amazing young woman travels the country speaking to all types of groups about family relationships, teen lifestyles, advertising to the Net-Generation and many other issues pertaining to Gen Y. Radical Parenting is one of my favorite parenting blogs. If you have teens or tweens, check it out.

Kids Wanting to Cruise YouTube? Point ‘Em Here

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I just love Vanessa Van Petten. Her blog, Radical Parenting: Parenting From a New Perspective always inspires me, and it often makes me laugh out loud or think about a post long after I’ve left my computer.

If you’re like me, you don’t like the idea of your child just aimlessly surfing YouTube for funny videos. There’s an amazing amount of garbage there. Van Petten suggests videos that are not only appropriate — they’re terrific. Even better: You and the kids can watch them on her site right here.

P.S. She has also added a section on Best Videos for Parents. Love that.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Momagers, Momtourages and Mommy Mobs, Oh My!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Bake sale cupcakes“We really want the kids to feel special at the magazine drive contest
next week, and do not want anyone to feel like a ‘loser’ because they
are all winners.  So, we will all be responsible for bringing in
presents and trophies for someone else’s child so everyone is included!”

“You did a fabulous job at the Need-Organic-Glue-in-the-Classrooms Fundraiser. Thanks so much!”

“In honor of Shalom-Winroads School’s 12.5-year anniversary, we are having a benefit. Have you bought your table yet?”

If you're a mom with a kid in preschool through middle school, you may be laughing, because you know these quotes from a post over at On Youth and Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten aren't all that much of an exaggeration

Be sure to read the entire post. Vanessa is one of my favorite parenting bloggers. She throws in a lot of humor with her great insights. Head over there right now and subscribe… before you read another e-mail from the PTA president.

How Easily Are Our Kids Getting Prescription Drugs?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

bitter pills?I'm so jazzed to be a guest blogger over at On Youth and Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten. Vanessa writes a terrific blog for parents of teens, and I go there a lot for great advice.

My post "Teens Say Prescription Drugs are Easier to Buy Than Beer" is featured today on the site. Please stop by and check it out!

10 Things Every Teen Should Know

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Vanessa Van Patten is a friend every teen should have. And, strangely enough, she's also a friend every parent of a teen should have. How in the world this talented writer balances both roles is beyond me, but she does it brilliantly over at her blog, Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten.

Today's post, 10 Things Every Teen Should Know, is one I'm going to save for my 12-year-old son. And it's something I want to share with my readers. What a great checklist of stuff teens should know before they leave home!

It's so easy to get caught up in things like grades and SAT scores that it's easy to forget that a kid should be able to make a pot of spaghetti, use a checkbook and do a load of laundry (without turning his underwear pink) before heading off to college.

Van Petten's blog is loaded with good stuff — and it's addictive. Plan to spend some time there!

Parent Talk Today Named a “Best Mom Blog” by On Teens Today

Monday, September 15th, 2008


What a great way to start the week! Parent Talk Today has just been named a "Best Mom Blog" by On Teens Today.

Here's the link to check out our listing. You'll find reviews and links for some of the best parenting blogs around. (You're sure to find many that you'll want to bookmark, like I did.)

Thanks, On Teens Today, for awarding this annual honor for the best parenting blogs on the Web!

Is Your Teen Smoking Pot?

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


Vanessa Van Petten is a wonderful bridge between teens and their parents. The 20-something author of You’re Grounded!: How to Stop Fighting and Make the Teenage Years Easier (which is on my nightstand at the moment) has a terrific blog, Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten, where she talks about parent-teen communication, drug use, sex, stress, college prep (and college-prep anxiety) and much more.

Her post on the warning signs that your teen is doing pot is straightforward and honest:

“If they come home smelling like: pot (obviously), cloves (clove
cigarettes are often used to cover up the smell of pot), hookah tobacco
(also used to cover up the smell of pot), lots of mint (many of my teen
friends will literally shower in Listerine and gum before they get
home), loads of perfume or cologne.”

I’ve added Vanessa’s blog to my Google reader so I don’t miss a thing. She also has a free e-mail newsletter.

Vanessa’s posts are honest and she doesn’t pull her punches. She reports what’s really going on with today’s teens. Check it out.