I’m Not Sad That My Kids Are Growing Up

It’s that time of the year again … when parents take over social media with sentimental posts of their kids heading back to school. Now a whole grade level higher and a few inches taller, we see proud kids smiling for the camera while their parents lament the passage of time. Among the many cry-face […]

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 […]

Do You Check Your Kid’s Grades Online…Like, A Lot?

Step away from the grade portal…

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 […]

The Great Retainer Debate

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 […]

13 Things I Learned from My First Week of High School

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: