Just Let Me Catch My Breath! – Dealing With the Rapid Passage of Time

Okay, just hold everything for a minute. I need to compose. A little time to digest how quickly life flies by without waiting or pausing for anyone to catch up. You all will be proud of me for, once again, resisting the urge to turn into a blubbering idiot this past week. This time was […]

Raising Kids Who Don’t Hate Each Others’ Guts

7 Ways to Help Your Teens Get Along

When I was growing up, I always wished I’d had an older brother – or a twin sister. Being an only child, I had always envied people with a lot of brothers and sisters. It seemed like it would be fun to have other kids around to play with. My mother grew up with an […]

7 Steps to Help Your Teens Prosper

and have a Happy New Year and beyond

What does it mean to prosper? According to Merriam Webster, the first definition says it is to succeed in an enterprise or activity, especially: to achieve economic success. The second definition is to become strong and flourishing. These are wonderful and even noble aspirations. Prosperous teens now mean healthy, happy, financially sound adults later. And […]

Merry Christmas from the Scates Family

and may you have a joyous, happy new year!

Greetings to all of you from The 7 Year Adventure! We hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday season with your families. We certainly are. Last week our son came home from college with his fiancé. We are anticipating a visit this weekend with our older daughter and her husband, and my teenager, Andrea, is […]

Growing Toddlers to Teens – 22 Memories I Want my Kids to Carry With Them

What kind of memories are you creating with your kids? It’s easy to fall into our ruts of day-to-day activities and busyness. Because of our ever-increasing levels of chaos, we can fail to recognize that each day contains an opportunity to do something memorable with our teenagers, even if it’s on a small scale. Obviously, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I pray that your Thanksgiving holiday is full of fun, adventure, and gratitude to the Lord for the blessings in your life. Also, I wish to thank all the readers of The 7 Year Adventure. You are all blessings to me, and I am grateful to you for taking a few minutes from your busy […]

Coming Soon!

In an effort to help make you and your teens’ journey even more adventurous, I am currently working on two projects that I will make available to you in the next few weeks. Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming up after Thanksgiving: My Teenagers Hate Each Other! What Can I Do? – This was […]

Help Your Teens LAUNCH Their Career Paths!

What Will They Be When They Grow Up?

How many times do people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up? The answer is – a lot! It’s a good question, and one that can be a bit hard to answer for teens who may not be familiar with all of the job and career options available to them. The […]