Letter to My Daughter on her First Day of High School

Dear Daughter, Tomorrow you start high school and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I know you’re worried about remembering your locker combination and which staircase to take, and yes, I’ve already bugged you today by showing you the photo from your first day of kindergarten. But if you’d be so kind as to indulge me just a little more, I wanted to share a few thoughts before you head out the door bright and early tomorrow morning. I hope you will be brave. I know that a new…

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5 Obnoxious Things that Only Moms of Boys Experience

Dear Son, You’re not so small now. You’ve got a hairy face and a small but steady paycheck. It’s time to pay the piper. When you were five I accepted those dandelion bouquets, plucked from the yard and placed in plastic cups. When you were ten, I was thrilled at the Dollar Store finds you presented: a porcelain boy perched on a mushroom (yes, a mushroom), a polka dotted hair bow, a plastic string of beads. And while I still own those trinkets and cherish their sweet garishness, you’ve outgrown…

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Pokémon Go and Other Ways to Engage Your Teen

Bonding with my kids was very easy when they were little.  Once they began to reach the tween age and then (eek!) teenagers, it became much harder. I even have one who is done being a teen—and no, it has not gotten any easier.  How do you keep bonding with your children as they get older and you have less in common?  Here are the 5 ways that I engage with my kids—maybe it will work for you too! Top 5 ways to engage your teen Pokémon Go: My kids…

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When Your Child Says ‘I Hate You’

I could feel the sting of her words as soon as they left her lips; they burned a hole in my heart. I hate you. She was eight years old, laying on her bed shrieking and sobbing so hard she scarcely caught her breath. I watched her chest sink, then raise, her whole body quivered between gasps and bellows. Again, “I HATE YOU!” the words scorched her throat before leaving her lips, piercing my ears. My heart sunk deep into my stomach, tears began to form in the corners of…

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12 Most Exasperating Responses Teens Bestow on Their Parents

Surviving the teenage years is something every parent must go through, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. Sometimes it softens the blow when we try to find the humor in this difficult phase and hang on to our sanity in the process. Below are 12 most exasperating responses teens bestow on their parents, and a little humor to help get you through the oh-so-fun teen-raising years. Drop me off here Parents wonder: Why do I work so hard trying to stay fit, dress nicely, and drive decent…

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