Exceptional Teen Feature – Katie Kerrivan, September, 2016


Being organized is being in control. For eighteen year old Katie Kerrivan, organization is the key to tackling her very large to do list. When Katie isn’t busy heading up a community outreach project at school, you might find her participating in a number of scouting activities, including canoeing, camping, or hiking in the Adirondack […]

This Dad Stopped Me in My Tracks and Made Me Say WOW!

Blueprint for How to Be a WOW Parent


I saw a parenting example recently that blew me away. It was a breath of oxygen, a bright light in the dark abyss of negative parenting that I personally witness at times. I felt it was worth sharing here. We’ve all seen parents out in public exhibiting terrible behavior towards their children they themselves would […]

What Are the Rules For a College Kid Who Lives at Home?


Parents of college kids are in a unique spot, especially compared to what they’ve experienced up to this point in raising their teens. Now those teens are officially “adults,” and proceeding from this point may get a bit tricky. Recently, someone asked me what the rules should be for a college kid who lives at […]

How to Stop Nagging Your Teen and Start Enjoying Your Relationship


You don’t have to have perfect kids to have happy kids. I suspect that’s why parents often fall into the trap of nagging and being critical – to try to make their children live up to a certain standard. But does anyone respond positively to being nagged or criticized? Of course not. There is a […]

Does My Teen Need to Go to College to Be Successful?

Getting a sense of direction


The 7 Year Adventure encourages positivity and enjoyment of all aspects of the process of raising teenagers. A huge part of that process includes helping them wade through the thousands of possibilities for career and life path choices that lie ahead of them. No small task, indeed. I had a conversation recently with a woman […]

Why Teens Should Avoid Student Loan Debt Like the Plague

And What They Can Do Instead


Teenagers in high school often dream of going to college and pursuing a degree. But what if a teen goes into a huge amount of debt in order to make that dream a reality? All four years, the student is racking up thousands of dollars in debt just to pursue that dream. Then she graduates, […]

Exceptional Teen Feature – Andrew Pfluger, August, 2016


What do YOU want to be when you grow up? Every kid has been asked this question at some time in his or her life. The answers are usually predictable. Doctor. Teacher. Veterinarian. Nurse. Firefighter. Astronaut. Entrepreneur. Wait… what? We don’t usually hear that last one. But an entrepreneur is exactly what Andrew Pfluger has […]

Let’s Stop Bashing Teens and Millennials For Chasing Pokemon, Shall We?


I’ve heard a lot of smack talk recently about how stupid it is for this younger generation to be out chasing Pokemon. Many adults are actually quite snobbish about it. It’s the same old shtick. Older people look down their noses at younger people because they think what they are doing is silly, childish, or […]

Saying Goodbye to Your College Kid Without Turning Into a Blubbering Idiot, Again


I published this article several months ago when I had to kiss my college-aged son goodbye and send him back to college after a long and wonderful Christmas break. Now, after an even longer and more wonderful summer break, I find myself in the same predicament. Only this time it’s even harder. When he leaves […]

Creating a Haven of Peace – A Conversation with Author, Joanne F. Miller


Have you ever wished your home could be a sanctuary? A haven of refuge to go to after a long, hard day? Wouldn’t it be grand if your home could be exactly that for you and your family? Well, it can! I had the privilege recently of sitting down and talking with Joanne Miller, author […]