46 Things No One Tells You About Parenting a Teenage Boy

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

13 Things I Learned from My First Week of High School

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Hi everyone, it’s Ryan*. This week I started high school as a freshman. The bad news is that the week was terribly long. The good news is that I learned some things that might come in handy for kids starting high school soon. Take a look:

16 Times the First Day of School Went Terribly, Horribly Wrong

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My first day of 7th grade was the stuff of graphic novel nightmares. New to middle school and the public school system as a whole, I strutted down the locker-lined hallways decked out in the stuff of neon tweenage dreams. Determined to make everyone notice, I took it slow and smiled. People stopped and whispered. […]

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 […]