About Me

Hi! I’m melanie

blogger, wife and mom of three boys


I am here to share my love for teenagers with you.

I am also here to share my hard fought knowledge gained from life with teenagers.

There has been at least one teen in my house since 2010, and we will have one here until 2024!

My husband and I have learned lots of lessons through these years, and there is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming!

Our youngest is in 10th grade and the oldest is 23! The trail from middle school, to getting into college, and onto graduation is a long, but precious journey.

The teenage years have been, and still are, a slippery slope. Parenting seems to never end. I’ve witnessed some pretty funny moments with my kids and had some downright tough love moments too, that have brought me to tears. Through all of it, I have been held up and kept my sanity with my girlfriends!

When this blog began, it was with my girlfriend who had just moved away, and we called it Yayas2cents. We were two friends trying to make sense of all the teenage experiences together. It was a blast, but being two states and one time zone apart finally got to us, and it is now my own blog!

We started this with the spirit of “sisterhood” in mind. We wanted to create a safe place to talk about what we go through as moms, wives, sisters, and friends while raising our families.

Parenting High Schoolers focuses on parenting through the teen years into adulthood. I’ll be sharing articles that will be helpful to you. I will also write about taking care of yourself as a mom and ideas for being a better friend, mother, and partner.

In addition, PHS has a resource page that will highlight some of my favorite books, websites, other parenting blogs, recipes, and printables! Please follow me on Facebook and Pinterest.

Life is busy. Schedules can be overwhelming. We have had a teen in our house since 2010, and there will be one here until 2024! We have gone through the ups and downs of dating, driving, raging hormones, you name it! I would love to travel with you on this parenting journey.

Do you feel alone as you try to parent through difficult issues? Are you struggling to figure out all the ins and outs of college prep? Of life prep? Of helping your teen to make big decisions? What about finding scholarships? Or learning how to drive or the ins and outs of dating relationships?x

I will give your encouragement to take care of yourself in the midst of this messy place that we call life. I’d like to help you with some strategies to make things a little bit easier.

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