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 […]

12 Things Only Parents of Pubescent Kids Understand

Well, hello there, Puberty. It’s been a while. What’s new, you ask? Let’s see, I have an 11-year-old son — oh, wait. That’s right. You know him. You know all about Boy Wonder — the kid who grew nearly five inches last year who’s now suddenly sprouting pimples and hair in all the … places. […]

5 Ways My Older Son is Helping Out with His Little Brother This Summer

This summer marks my third as a work-at-home mom. Long gone are the days of full-time summer daycare programs and group field trips. Gone are the uninterrupted work days in my freezing cubicle and an actual quitting time. I’m on summer’s schedule now, desperately trying to fit work into a house inhabited by kids. While […]

8 Ways I Communicate Trust with My Tween

Trust is defined as “the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Indeed. But what the definition doesn’t tell us is that trust is a fickle fellow that’s hard to earn and even harder to maintain. As parents, we understand the importance of trust within the parent-child relationship, but […]

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School: Lessons in Love, Learning, and Letting Go

In four short days, Boy Wonder will walk the blacktop of his elementary school for one last time. Saying goodbye to the academic home he’s come to know the last seven years, he’ll graduate 6th grade with an army of his peers as I surely dissolve into a puddle of tears. Who is this 11-year-old […]

The Kids Are More Than All Right, Says Report

Do you believe the children are our future? Are you prepared to let them lead the way? According to an epic CDC report on the state of health in America, you probably ought to. While it can feel as if the horrors of teenage sex, drugs, and alcohol are at an all-time high, the CDC […]

Big Kid Childproofing: Making Your Home Safer for Tweens and Teens

  When we think about childproofing, we’re taken back to a time of outlet covers, corner guards, toilet locks, and stair gates designed to protect our precious kids from some of the most dangerous phases of their development. But as any parent of an older child can tell you, danger, unfortunately, doesn’t end in toddlerhood. […]