You were invited to a baby shower and want to give the perfect gift. Where do you begin? Well, the baby registry is always a great place to start, but if you’re looking to break away from the registry and venture out on your own, you might want to take special care not to give one of these 10 items at a baby shower.
I foolishly thought parenthood would go something like this: sweet baby grows up all precious and adorable until about the age of 13 when they become moody, super awkward, and slightly weird until about 19 when they begin to make their way back to you, newly precious for having realized that you were right you were all along.
Only parenthood doesn’t work that way, does it? There’s the pesky matter of the tween years that stick their nose in between the parent-loving phase of childhood and parent-loathing phase of the teen years.
As the only parent of a tween in my group of mom friends, I know much remains misunderstood about how I manage and support my 11-year-old son. While it’s no secret that the tween years can be challenging, what folks might not know is just how challenging.
Take a look at 10 things only parents of tweens understand.
I guess you could say I have a mama’s boy in my 6-year-old son. Currently reigning as the queen of his heart, you can bet I’m soaking up all the love and attention (while secretly hoping it lasts forever). “Be careful, you don’t want to raise a mama’s boy!”, people warn in that joking-but-not-joking sort […][Continue reading...]
My son, BooBoo has a lot of friends. He’ll be the first to tell you that popularity has its perks, what with birthday parties every weekend, the benefit of everyone knowing your name, and of course, no shortage of people to play with. When the school year started, BooBoo met a kid named Matthew and […][Continue reading...]
I bet you’re thinking, “Whoa! Hang on a minute, you selfish mom! Schools need money!” Believe me, I know. Our elementary school’s monthly fundraising efforts won’t let me forget. I have kids in first and sixth grade attending a perfectly lovely public elementary school. Skilled teachers, competent staff, and a respectable administration offer nothing less […][Continue reading...]
I’m a mother with two kids who has only ever attended three playgroup sessions in her 11 years as a parent. While the idea of meeting up with fellow parents of same-aged children always seemed like a great idea, the reality left me dodging play date invitations at every possible opportunity. Take a look at […][Continue reading...]
As parents we’re called upon to do a lot of things: teach, provide, care, and most importantly, protect our children. Like most, I take this parenting thing pretty seriously and would like to think that I’m doing a pretty good job. From covered electrical outlets to cushioned table corners, helmeted heads to school pickups and […][Continue reading...]
It’s Boy Wonder again and I have important news to tell you. I’m almost done with sixth grade! It’s great to be a 6th grader because we get to do all these really cool things because we’re going into junior high next year. I was feeling excited about 6th grade graduation, but lately people are […][Continue reading...]
My 6-year-old is the happiest kid. From the moment he wakes up smiling, to the moment he drifts off to sleep in full grin, you can find him singing, dancing, and engaged in general merriment. The kid can’t help it. He was born chased-down-by-rainbows-and-sunbeams happy. Sure, he has moments of sadness, anger, and frustration like […][Continue reading...]