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tweens (eek)

6 Friends Your Tween Already Has (That you need to be on the lookout for…)

When she was four her best friend was your best friend’s daughter. Now your little darling is nine and her friendships have gotten a bit more complicated.

The Firsts That Come in the Tween Years

As our kids grow, the firsts come less frequently and the time stretched between them lengthen. We don't celebrate the later milestones.

How To Deal With Teenagers when they lie, and keep lying

I catch him lying, he knows he’s lying, he knows I know he’s lying…and he lies anyway.

My Kids Are Worried About Losing Friends When They Change Schools

Two of my kids are transitioning to new schools this years. They're not anxious about academics, they're worried about losing friends.

How to Keep the Conversation Going with Tweens and Teens

While we cannot control our kids’ thoughts or feelings, what we can do is find new approaches so that we are having a conversation versus a monologue.

Children Are Meant to be Unfinished

I have to fight the urge to “fix” my daughter, fight the desire to change who she is. Because children are meant to be unfinished.
i want the village

I Want You in my Village, But Not Too Much

The village can be judgemental - If you are too hands-on you’re a helicopter mom; if you let your son or daughter roam you’re reckless and negligent.

#EpicParentingFail: How Not to Handle Your Daughter’s First Period

I'd been preparing for YEARS when my daughter had her first period. You would have thought I would have been ready for the main event.

When You Wished for Your Child to “Just Stay Little”

I hated you when you wished for your child to “just stay little,” but now I understand. You’ve said it often. “Why can’t they just stay little?”

When Facebook Reminds Me I’m a Crappy Mom

On some days, my Facebook Memories seem to suggest that I am crappy mom. On others, I am awesome. Facebook tells me that too.