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 […]

8 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Their Child Starts Middle School

In four short days everything will change. My son will walk through the student entrance of his new high school a gawky freshman and emerge a graduating senior in only four short years. I don’t know how we got here so fast. I didn’t intend to speed through this parenting road trip. It feels as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Scary Things About Going into Junior High, According to a Tween

It’s Boy Wonder again and I have important news to tell you. I’m almost done with sixth grade! It’s great to be a 6th grader because we get to do all these really cool things because we’re going into junior high next year. I was feeling excited about 6th grade graduation, but lately people are […]