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 […]

12 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before My Kid Went to Middle School

Whether your child is entering middle school or junior high this year, chances are they’re a little nervous. After all, middle school is the big(ger) leagues, with a larger student body, unfamiliar campus, new teachers and staff, and yes … locker rooms. As a parent, you’re stressed, too. Your kid is growing up and it’s […]

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!”

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

Step away from the grade portal…

The Great Retainer Debate

Tween Speaks: 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Go to a School Dance

Hey everyone, it’s me, Boy Wonder. You might not know this, but this is my second year in junior high. I’m an 8th grader now, which means this is my last chance to join school clubs and participate in events at my school, like school dances. My mom is pushing me really hard to go to […]

I Shared ‘The Breakfast Club’ with My Teen 30 Years Later

I recently sat down to watch The Breakfast Club with my son in celebration of the iconic film’s 30th anniversary. To say it was a real moment for me would be an understatement. The movie was, without a doubt, the defining film of my adolescence. Not only did it offer a sneak peek into the […]

My Son Doesn’t Know What’s Best for Him, I Do

A few weeks ago I dropped my son off at camp for a week of recreational adventure. Believe me when I tell you he wasn’t happy about it. For the last two months — from the initial camp deposit to the final payment — he’s gone on and on (and on) about how much he didn’t want […]

To My Son: I’m Sorry I Worried Your Childhood Away

My Dearest Son, The day you were born I made you a promise. I vowed to be your protector, your role model, your teacher, and your haven. As a young mom I wasn’t sure how to be all those things or even if I’d even be very good at them, but I swore when I […]

How to Get Your Tween to Listen in 57 Easy Steps

If you thought being a tween was hard, you should try parenting one. At an age when friends rule and parents drool, being heard can prove challenging. But there’s good news, moms and dads! Deep, meaningful conversation with your tween can be yours in just 57 easy-to-follow steps!