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. […]

When Helping Your Kids in School is the Wrong Answer

I remember getting called out during that parent-teacher conference like it was yesterday. “He has a lot of trouble working independently. Do you help him with his homework?” Boy Wonder’s fourth grade teacher asked. “Well, yes. It’s the only way I can be sure he’ll get it done.” I sheepishly admitted. “You need to stop. […]

10 Things for Teens to Do This Summer

Now that spring is officially in bloom, we can’t help but daydream about how we’ll spend long summer days in the not so distant future. For teens, summer offers a unique opportunity to engage in activities that encourage personal and professional growth. Let’s take a look at 10 incredible things your teen can do this […]

Sometimes I Forget He’s Still a Kid

That young person sitting on the pediatric exam table is my 11-year-old son, Boy Wonder. I know one look at his sweet baby face and abbreviated stature is all it takes to remind you that he’s still a kid, but for me – the woman who birthed him – I regularly forget. As the mother […]

10 Things Only Parents of Tweens Understand

I foolishly thought parenthood would go something like this: sweet baby grows up all precious and adorable until about the age of 13 when they become moody, super awkward, and slightly weird until about 19 when they begin to make their way back to you, newly precious for having realized that you were right you […]