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You guys, I’m going to sound like a little old lady when I say this, but what in Heaven’s name is going on with teenagers today!??

Ok, honestly and truthfully, I am a pendulum, because sometimes I think they are the best things that have ever walked the earth. They are living in a world that is so different from the one I grew up in (oh I cannot tell you the amount of times I have thought to myself how GRATEFUL I am that phones weren’t a “thing” when I was growing up). And most of the time they are rocking it…they are pretty dang fun. (At least the ones I’m around.)

But I do think it’s a confusing world where there isn’t a lot of face to face and communication is totally different and sometimes they scrunch their faces up at the thought of talking to an adult, let alone writing a real, live thank you note.

I often have to remind myself that it’s a teenager’s job to figure out who they are. And that’s a lot of work!

But it’s also a parent’s job to help them become contributing members of society. To help them learn what respect really is. To open doors for others, to put trash in the trash, to look out for someone who may feel even more lonely or confused than they do. To stand up for a friend when other (friends!) are putting them down.

And sometimes it takes a village to teach those things.

So I LOVE that I have a partner in my friend Brooke Romney, (who is as wise as they come when it comes to teenagers, if you don’t follow her on Instagram, go follow her!)

I have “Brooke” sitting on my counter to help teach some pretty important things:

I mean, check out some of the things she’s helping me teach right here in my kitchen:

I had to run grab that one to show the girls as they walked out the door for school this morning…and they made me realize I could use a little work on that puppy myself. Ha!

That’s what is so great about this little book though, it’s not just for teenagers.

I can use the reminders myself, that’s for sure!

I could go on and on…every page is a gem in my opinion.

So I just wanted to share.

If you want Brooke to help you raise your teenagers too, you can get this book on Amazon HERE, as well as in a whole slew of Costcos in Utah, I believe.

What a great Christmas (or Thanksgiving) gift idea for other moms too!

Thank you Brooke, for helping us mamas (and teenagers!) out here!

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  1. I’m so incredibly grateful you shared this a few days ago!!! I ordered one speedy quick for my kids (who aren’t quite ready for it), but to share with my YW until then. 🙌 it takes a village and, man alive, she makes those principles clear and easy to share! I showed our presidency this weekend and they hopped on and orders their own! Such a beautiful resource!

  2. I just got my copy of this book yesterday and it’s already out on our kitchen table. I’m looking forward to the discussions we can have about these manners.

  3. I agree with one minor clarification. You said that it’s a parent’s job to help children become contributing members of society. I think that is the ultimate parenting goal! All the other things like grades, sports, activities, college selection, career choices, etc, are just accomplishments made along the way.

  4. according to FTC guidelines, affiliate disclosure needs to be at the top of a post before scrolling. just a heads up.

  5. I grabbed a copy of this when I saw it in the background of an earlier post. Got it yesterday and it is sitting on our kitchen table now. Love it and thank you for sharing!

  6. Hey, this has nothing to do with the manners book, althoughI do think it looked awesome!!
    I want to play one and done but I’m confused about how it works.
    What constitutes a round? Why the 3 columns? I’m just having a hard time understanding the scoring.
    Does one person keep rolling until they get the 1?
    Also, is it just whoever has the most points wins?

    1. Hey Jen! Each column equals one “round.” I’m not sure why there are three of them, maybe just to make a break in the game? Everyone just rolls once and passes the dice onto the next person. Whoever rolls a one ends that “number” on the column and everyone writes down “zero” there (unless they decided to go out earlier and already wrote down a score). Then you go onto the next number. Am I making it even more confusing?? Ha!

  7. Brooke is one of my favourite people!! She knocked it out of the park ! I think this is just as good for Adults as it is teens !!!

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