American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

  My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!”

7 Tips for Taking Your Teen to Disney That Will Clinch Your Status as the “Fun Mom”

You have a teen. A bored teen. A been-there-done-that-I’m-not-impressed-by-much teen. Maybe it’s time for a vacation. Maybe it’s time for fun. Or maybe it’s time for some much-needed, long overdue magic. I get it. As the mom of a 14-year-old son, coming up with new and fresh ways to connect and have fun with my […]

Princess Diana for a Day

As a little girl, I had one big dream: to becoming a nurse-princess. Sure, it hadn’t been done before, but I could have certainly been the first. I’d wear scrubs by day and gowns by night, and it all sounded rather practical until I learned that nurses have to deal with…blood. The very word made […]

46 Things No One Tells You About Parenting a Teenage Boy

If you think life with an almost-teenage boy is full of surprises, I’m here to tell you the biggest, baddest, and bestest is yet to come. More than big appetites and even bigger messes, parenting a teenage boy is magic and madness — and that’s what makes it so damn good. Bridging those years between boyhood […]

In Defense of the Simple School Dance Ask

His name was Brian and he was a junior. He had red hair, an ambitious goatee, and he liked me. I suppose I should have been flattered. As a shy freshman, I didn’t get the attention of boys — or upperclassmen — very often. One day after class, Brian approached me and said hello. I muttered […]

9-Year-Old Boy Creates Incredible Handmade Costumes Based on Famous Characters

Had to post one more of his Rafiki costume because he said my last photo didn't capture all the detail. #Parkerpretends A post shared by Jessica Watson (@fourplusanangel) on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:33pm PDT   Meet Parker Watson: talented costume designer, master pretender, and all-around incredible 9-year-old, who sparks imagination one Instagram post at a time. The […]

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk billion dollar foundation: Is it worth it?

I Didn’t Need You to Take Care of Me After My Miscarriage, I Needed to Take Care of Myself

A friend of mine just suffered a miscarriage. I stopped by with milk and cookies for the sole purpose of holding her hand. I told her I was sorry. I cried alongside her. And then I sat there, clenching her hand in silence for nearly an hour. Deep in the quiet, my heart wanted to […]

58 Thoughts Every Parent Has at Parent-Teacher Conferences

I knew it would be coming home any day on pastel green paper in all its wrinkled glory — the annual parent-teacher conference notice. I didn’t have specific reason to be nervous. My son seems to be managing academically and he even has the same teacher as last year. But the mandatory meeting to discuss my […]

Dear Son: These Are the 5 Best Decisions You’ll Ever Make

My Dear Son, Lately you’ve been hearing a lot about how the decisions you make today affect all your tomorrows. I see you taking it all in. Worrying. Wondering. You mentioned there didn’t seem to be room for mistakes anymore. I tried to assure you mistakes were yours for the making — a rite of […]