Hello Parents, 

Sometimes children, and especially teens, appear to be a little crazy! Which then makes you crazy! But it doesn’t have to be chaos. I can help you navigate the storm until you make it to calmer water. Teens and tweens have excellent qualities but, sometimes they have difficulty showing them. With a few strategies, you will be able to focus on the good stuff in order to maintain a peaceful household.


      My favorite part of teaching is watching the positive changes my students make from the beginning of the year, until the end of the year.  However, sometimes changes are difficult, and sometimes they are not the ones parents want to see.  This is the reason I started this website – to help parents find and encourage the strategies their children need to be more productive and successful.

    I have been teaching 20+ years, and I have worked with children of all ages. I have teaching experience in all core subject areas, including special needs and gifted, with a preference for reading and writing. I am certified to teach Kindergarten through the 12th grade, but most of my experience is with teenagers. 

     I have seen a lot of changes over the years, but the last 3-5 years have been enormous. Our society has become so technologically saturated, it is difficult to keep up with everything. Parents are overwhelmed with responsibilities, and children simply want their devices. I do not claim to have all of the answers, but together, you and I can come to some reasonable solutions to help your child.

     I continue to teach full-time, and blog part-time.  I love helping you and I love writing. But the hardest part of writing this website is trying to write from the heart, and NOT grammatically correct EVERY SINGLE sentence!

We can do this!

Rae Matney