Parents of Teenagers KNOW..

…why some animals eat there young! From National Geographic Society

If you came here today for one of my rosy “all is well in the universe” and “golly, gee, aren’t my kids cute?” posts you need to leave now. I mean it. Stop reading. I am NOT in a June Cleaver mood. I am in a meat cleaver mood.I may even say a bad word!

OK, so I guess anyone who is still around at this point stepped on their rose colored glasses too. Teenagers SUCK! No, I mean this literally. They suck.the.life.right.out.of.you! I blame it on breastfeeding! I do, really, (although, wait, I never really did that too long….hmmmm, maybe that is why they are so screwed up come to think of it, but I will save that for another post). See, when they are just these teeny tiny little innocent babes we teach them to suck all the goodness out of mom. We call it ‘nurturing’. They scream, we nurture. We fix.We teach them that mommy will make things all better.

Teenagers are worse than 2 year olds. Their tantrums are bigger, stronger and they have a much larger vocabulary to pull from. They are still the same tantrums though. They want what they want and they want it now and they often don’t care how they get it.

And you can’t protect them by swaddling them up in a little fuzzy blanket anymore.

They get to make real choices about their life. And those choices have consequences beyond the home. You don’t get to put a bandaid on those choices.

That hurts. And it is hard. It is heartbreaking to watch them suffer with consequences. You know they don’t have the maturity to fully comprehend the ramifications of poor decisions. But hey “It is not your life

And you know what? They are right. It isn’t your life and you can’t swoop in and save the day anymore. But that doesn’t stop it from killing you inside and that is how they suck the life right out of you!

So, should you see the ominous teenager species out in the wild, hide quickly from their venomous bites and should you be harboring one in your home? Dear God, quickly break open some blood red wine, call me and offer me some antidote too!

Phew, I got through that without saying the F word once!

oh….and don’t even leave me a comment if you are going to tell me you have some angelic, dna altered teen who does not ever throw tantrums. 1)I won’t believe you 2)I may have to hate you

Finding PR Contacts

Lately I have been inspired to write a series of blog posts about getting started with PR thanks to inspiration from my fellow bloggers at BlogFrog. If you have missed any of the posts you can catch up here:

Product Reviews: How To Get Started

PR Peeps I Recommend

If you have been following along with the above posts you are probably at the point where you are wondering “OK, now how to I find those reps that work with the really cool products I want to review?” The answer is so unbelievably simple….GOOGLE IT!!

use google to find pr contacts

Using google to find pr contacts

Like this: “Name of Product Press Release”. Of course, change Name of Product to the actual name of the product. This works really well if it is a new product or new model of a product. Look through the Google search for a press release listing site. Click on the link.

Read through the release to see if this product may be a good fit for your blog. At the bottom of every release, there is contact information listed. If a PR firm is listed, and it usually will be for bigger companies, BINGO! Sometimes it is listed as ‘communications’.This is the person to send a personalized pitch email to.

Before you send that letter, lets do just a little more research to make sure that you have a good a chance of working with this company. Lets do another Google search. This time use “Name of Product Review”. Find any? Are they working with mom bloggers already. If not, you know your pitch is going to need to do some real convincing. If they are, that is wonderful! Now, lets find out a bit about the type of bloggers they are working with!

Go to compete.com and analyze YOUR site. Now, analyze a few of the sites that you found in the above search. Fairly similar stats? You have a pretty good shot. Others have higher stats? You may want to wait a bit before approaching that company.

Hopefully this helps you find that magical contact you are looking for. Leave me a comment if this helps you or if you want to share your tips, tell me about them!

Disney on Ice Next Week-Giveaway!

Hurray! You know we have a big Disney fan in this house and since we moved to Denver, Disney on Ice is as close as we have come to our beloved characters. I love Disney on Ice. It is such a wonderfully magically little break in our lives.

Mom Central and the Feld Family Activators are again giving me a rock your socks discount code to share with you all! The coupon code will again be MOM — four tickets for $44 for Monday-Friday matinee shows, and $4 off Friday night and weekend shows; any additional weekday tickets are still priced at $11.

For those of you with Princess fans this show has something special: Arrive up to one hour early to tour the display of gorgeous gowns and meet a real princess! This is free to all ticket holders!

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Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s CARS race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and experience the ‘Circle of Life’ with The Lion King. Then enter into the magical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and all her fairy friends as they make their world premiere on ice! From wheels to waves, Pride Lands to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

I am able to give away a family 4 pack of tickets for opening night to one of you lucky Denver area readers! Want them?

Prize: 4 pack of tickets for opening night. You will need to claim at box office will call with a photo ID.

How to Win: Just leave me a comment telling me why this would be a special family event for you.

Contest Ends: Thursday, November 26th, 10 AM MST. Winner will be contacted via email. I MUST be able to get a hold of you to ensure your tickets are delivered to will call within 24 hours of contest end

The Rules:

Disney On Ice Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

Promotion is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older as of November 19, 2009 except employees and their immediate families of Chaotic Communications, LLC .

Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws apply. All taxes are the sole responsibility of winners.

Sponsor is not responsible  for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. If, in the Judging Agency’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the sweepstakes, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the sweepstakes, the Judging Agency reserve the right to modify the sweepstakes in a manner deemed appropriate by the Judging Agency, in its sole discretion. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Judging Agency.

JUDGING: Chaotic Communications, LLC (”Judging Agency”) will choose a winner based on a random drawing of all qualifying comments.   Agency reserves the right to disqualify any entry that, in the sole opinion of the judges, refers, depicts or in any way reflects negatively upon the sponsor, the promotion or any other person or entity.

SPONSOR:

Feld Family Activators through Mom Central

Disclosure: Feld Family Activators provided me with a family four pack of tickets to this event.

Winner was Fiona. Thanks for playing!

Minimum purchase of 4 ;ckets required; addi;onal
;ckets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Rinkside or VIP sea;ng. Note: Denver Coliseum Box
Office opens on Nov. 23rd. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.