I’m Not Sad That My Kids Are Growing Up

It’s that time of the year again … when parents take over social media with sentimental posts of their kids heading back to school. Now a whole grade level higher and a few inches taller, we see proud kids smiling for the camera while their parents lament the passage of time. Among the many cry-face […]

Dear Son: These Are the 5 Best Decisions You’ll Ever Make

My Dear Son, Lately you’ve been hearing a lot about how the decisions you make today affect all your tomorrows. I see you taking it all in. Worrying. Wondering. You mentioned there didn’t seem to be room for mistakes anymore. I tried to assure you mistakes were yours for the making — a rite of […]

The Hardest Part of Parenting a Teen Is All the Not Knowing

Driving home from freshman orientation, my teenage son says nothing. Sprawled out in the passenger seat, bangs covering his eyes, he fidgets with the automatic window. “So, high school … it seems pretty cool, right?” I insist. “I guess,” he shrugs, as he stares out the open window. “High school’s going to be a lot […]

Our Children Were Never Ours to Keep

Life as the mom of a teenager isn’t easy. There are days when my son barely speaks; days when his laziness knows no bounds. But then there are days when he really steps up, reaches out, and gives back. While I may never understand the hows and whys of his fickle ways, I’m keenly aware […]

To My Son: I’m Sorry I Worried Your Childhood Away

My Dearest Son, The day you were born I made you a promise. I vowed to be your protector, your role model, your teacher, and your haven. As a young mom I wasn’t sure how to be all those things or even if I’d even be very good at them, but I swore when I […]

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!

10 Ways Parents Have it Easier, According to Kids

“I can’t wait to be grown up!” my 7-year-old grumbled while putting the finishing touches on his famous American project. “Why is that?” I asked. “Because grownups have it easier.” Oh honey, if you only knew. Just as I opened my mouth to launch into the whole “you don’t know how good you kids have […]

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 […]

A Letter to My Son, the Infinite Dreamer

Dearest BooBoo, I’ve pretty much lived my whole life without a dream. Sure, I wanted to marry a good man, birth some beautiful babies, maybe even live in a nice house and take a vacation once and a while, but I never dared to dream about these wants beyond face value. That was until you […]