Category Archives: Development in Teens

What I want my Child to Know . . . A Mother’s Loving Advice” — Now on Audible!

ANNOUNCEMENT—New Audio Book for teens and young adults – Available Now on AUDIBLE 🎧,

Here’s to finally getting back to doing what I love! ✍🏾📚

I’m very happy to announce the release on my new AUDIOBOOK:

“What I want my Child to Know . . . A Mother’s Loving Advice” Over the years, I’ve received so much positive feedback on this book, it just made sense to put it to audio! This is such a special book, it was my first publication and was initially intended for my son, but while writing, I decided to share with the world, for all young people, as they enter the world of adulthood ♡

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read the book please consider buying a copy for your young adult. It is a thoughtful meditation resource with candid, practical teaching and biblical principles to start our kids off on the right track. A must have for all young adults, covering various topics from Self-respect to Relationships, as well as Marriage and Finances, Safety, Health and Well-being and more…this book exudes love!

~ D. Linn

**Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook editions, wherever on-line books are sold!

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Life Lessons – We are all connected…


So…I’m sitting here watching a wonderful Disney classic – “Pocahontas” for around the 5th or 6th time.

As I watch [many wonderful memories come to mind] priceless memories, of the times I’ve viewed this movie and so many other Disney Classics with my child so many years ago…

What beautiful words – Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain? Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Many, many valuable lessons are taught within this wonderful film – Listen with your heart, you will understand. ~ Grandmother Willow

What a beautiful reminder for us all – to re-examine our views of one another and of every living thing…after all, we are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends. ~ Pocahontas ♡

Have you seen this movie?  I’d love to know which is your favorite part, or lyric.

As always, until next time ~

D. Linn Whorley

Teen Development – Teaching Your Teen Financial Responsibility

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

What should your teen be responsible for purchasing?  Better yet, at what age should you begin making your child or teen responsible for select purchases? Many parents begin teaching this lesson very early on, while others, in the name of “allowing their children to be children” will purposely cover all purchases no matter how small.  The latter could set your child up for financial failure. Regardless of your financial status, all children should be taught financial responsibility. Continue reading Teen Development – Teaching Your Teen Financial Responsibility

Teenage Woes – Why does my teen seem to have selective memory??

Ah memories…remember when your son or daughter remembered everything you told them to do, at the proper time and where at the proper place they were supposed to be without even being told? Of course not!! It never happened. Don’t fret, this is normal and every parent goes through it.

I can remember my own dilemma with my son – OMG-SMH!! I was convinced he was conveniently remembering what he wanted and none of what he was supposed to. I mean after all, if he can remember when the next hottest video game came out or when the next mid-night screening of “whatever” movie was showing – certainly he was able to remember to take out the trash.

Truth of the matter is, your kids remember what is important to them; which is the reason that remembering the aforementioned came easy to my son.

The trick is to make it worth their while to remember. Hopefully with rewards and not punishment, but either should prove effective.  Suffice it to say that we tried both ways. When my son forgot to take the trash out, he was docked part of his allowance. Unfortunately, that didn’t yield any results, since he had every necessity in his room it didn’t really matter; plus he worked so he still had access to funds whenever needed.

We decided the way to get him to remember was to remove the video games. Amazingly this worked! So he was rewarded by the return of his electronics and games.

The main thing to remember is that your teen won’t be living with you much longer as they are already approaching adulthood, so harmony at home is more important than getting them to remember to do every chore expected of them. This way they will have fond memories to look back on. Face it our kids will probably remember their teenage years at home more than the early years.

So it is better to not be negative or demeaning (don’t call them a slob or absentminded), instead, help to build up (self-esteem) their self-image, and simply encourage basic cleanliness as being a sign of self-respect. This will go a long way in teaching them the responsibility and importance of daily chores.

Just food for thought. As usual I would love to know your thoughts ~ D. Linn Whorley