8 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Their Child Starts Middle School

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In four short days everything will change. My son will walk through the student entrance of his new high school a gawky freshman and emerge a graduating senior in only four short years.

I don’t know how we got here so fast. I didn’t intend to speed through this parenting road trip. It feels as though the moment the gas light came on, elementary school was left in the dust. A quick glance in the rear view mirror and middle school has disappeared from sight.

But just because those middle school miles passed quickly, doesn’t mean the drive was easy. White-knuckling that tricky tween terrain taught us a few valuable secrets of middle school success. So listen up and listen good, because those miles stuck in the middle don’t have to suck — for either of you. [read more…]

100 Thoughts Every Parent Has at the Beach with Kids

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“I love the beach!” I exclaimed to my husband while loading up the last of our beach baggage. “Why don’t we go more often?”

“Because you hate the beach,” he quipped.

“No, I don’t! Sun, surf, sand  what’s not to love?”

“At best, you have a love-hate relationship with the beach. Every parent does. It’s just the way it is,” he declared.

No way! I thought. He’s crazy! I told myself. And then we spent a day at the beach …

Whether you love and/or hate the place where the ocean meets the land, every parent has basked in the following thoughts in the sand:

14 Women Share the First Time They Were Shamed as a Mother

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The moment my pregnancy test came back positive, I felt uncharacteristically ready. Joining the ranks of strong women who’d brought new life into the world had been a dream of mine. Sharing in the responsibility of raising the next generation felt significant. So when it came to learning everything I could about motherhood, I was […]

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I Am Not the Only Parent In This House

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There I was, sick in bed with a fever on a Saturday night, while my perfectly healthy husband and kids watched River Monsters downstairs. “Moooooooooooom!” my youngest shouted to the far reaches of the vaulted ceiling. “Can you get me a glass of milk?” Seriously, child? Your dad is right there. As in, three inches […]

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How My Friendships Changed After Kids

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40 Things 40 Is (and One Thing That It Isn’t)

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I’m turning 40 next month. I suppose the idea of bidding final farewell to my thirties ought to furrow my brow a little, but it doesn’t. Maybe it’s because I’ve had 39 years and 11 months to prepare for it. Maybe it’s because I survived my husband’s 40th freak-out earlier this year. Or maybe it’s […]

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Sometimes I Feel Guilty for Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

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When I gave up my full-time job to become a stay-at-home mom, part of me felt like I deserved it. I’d been at the same demanding job for 14 years. I’d placed two precious infants in daycare. I’d been a mom for more than a decade with too few precious moments to show for it. […]

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To the Daughter I’ll Never Have

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Dearest Daughter, You might not know this, but I’ve spent most of my life wishing for you. From the time I was a child, I diligently cared for my baby girl dolls with all the love and attention a mother could give. As I imagined my life as a wife and a mom, the someday […]

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Dear Kids, It’s Not My Job to Entertain You This Summer

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  Three days into summer vacation and my kids are already bored. Apparently 42.8% of one week is all it takes to eat all the “good” food, catch up on the DVR, and tire of video games. Did my kids think I had some kind of not bummer summer in the works? Did they assume […]

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62 Thoughts Parents Have at 8th Grade Graduation

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Today I watched my son cross the stage in his 8th grade promotion ceremony. Dressed sharp in a charcoal vest and tie, he took to the field of his new high school seven inches taller and immeasurably wiser than the once-timid kid nearly swallowed whole by 7th grade. Junior high wasn’t easy on any of […]

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