8 Movies Your Tween Won’t Be (Too) Embarrassed to Watch with You on Valentine’s Day

Who says Valentine’s Day is only for couples? In our household, we celebrate the big day ‘o love as a family. And this year, now that my tween is better able to understand romantic love, I’m planning a family movie marathon centered exclusively around the joy (and heartbreak) of first love. Take a look at […]

6 Rules for Tween Moviegoing Without Mom and Dad

As much as I’d like to believe that my 11-year-old is still a little boy, he’s growing up. He’s eager to take on new responsibilities and venture out on his own with his friends, so I’m tasked with learning how to let go while fostering his independence in age-appropriate ways. When my son asked if […]

Should Tweens See Rated-R Movies?

Parenting a tween is tricky business. We want to recognize our tween’s growing independence, but deciding where to draw the age-appropriate line can prove muddy at best. When it comes to movies, I’ve developed a list of 5 rules for tweenage viewing that are working surprising well within our family – take a look!  

I Can’t Save My Son From Junior High

In life, there are universal truths: one plus one will always equal two, Gwyneth Paltrow will always be better, and junior high will always suck. We don’t question these truths because we’re smarter than that, dear friends. We’ve lived enough life to know better. So as my son geared up to begin junior high this […]

The Practical Parent’s Guide to Surviving Tween Attitude

Once upon a time I had a loving son. He was sweet. He smiled a lot. He looked at me with eyes so full of love and adoration that I couldn’t help but fall to pieces. We were a team. We were magic. And then he turned 10. It didn’t happen overnight, but my buddy, […]

In Defense of Older Trick-or-Treaters

“If you don’t tell me what you want to be for Halloween, you won’t get to go trick-or-treating.” I told Boy Wonder for the hundredth time. “I’m too old for that.” he said. “People don’t like giving candy to older kids. Last year they kinda made me feel bad about it.” “What? Who? How? Was […]

5 Ways to Recapture the Magic of Childhood with Your Tween

“Mom, you can get rid of all that stuff.” Boy Wonder said as he pointed to a giant box of toys he’d spent years collecting. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yeah, that stuff’s for kids.” And just like that, my tween closed the door on his childhood without so much as a nostalgic look back. […]

7 Ways I’m Helping My Kid Resist Peer Pressure

Like every parent of an incoming junior-higher, I’m filled with excitement and anxiety for what the future holds for my son. I think about the friendships he’ll form, the rush of his first crush, and the scary and difficult decisions he’ll someday have to make. It’s no secret that the stakes are higher now. He […]

Parenting Means Catching Vomit in Your Bare Hands … and Other Things

Oh, Parenting, you wild and wonderful adventure, you. Just when we think we’ve got you all figured out, you remind us we never had a clue. You humble us, poke fun at us and bring us incredible joy. You do these things and so much more, but not a moment before making us all-around better […]

Please Stop Sexualizing My Son, He’s 11

My son started junior high today. Yes, junior high, the place where incoming 7th graders begin breaking free from the shackles of childhood to begin the arduous journey of self-discovery. As my boy walked the long walk from the car to the campus, I stopped to consider the many emotions he might experience on his […]