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 […]

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!

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Your Kids’ School’s Fault They’re So Tired and Crabby

A new study conducted by the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has linked later school start times to improved daytime functioning in adolescents. Researchers found that delaying school start times by only 25 minutes led to an average of 29 additional minutes of sleep for students and a 26 percent increase in students receiving eight or […]

You Might be the Parent of a Tween if…

Raising a tween is hard work. I never would have imagined longing for the day when my biggest worry was whether my kid might choke on a grape or get hurt on the playground, but I do. Today I worry that my budding teen might fall in with the wrong crowd, say yes to drugs, […]