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 […]

Do You Check Your Kid’s Grades Online…Like, A Lot?

Step away from the grade portal…

16 Times the First Day of School Went Terribly, Horribly Wrong

My first day of 7th grade was the stuff of graphic novel nightmares. New to middle school and the public school system as a whole, I strutted down the locker-lined hallways decked out in the stuff of neon tweenage dreams. Determined to make everyone notice, I took it slow and smiled. People stopped and whispered. […]

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 […]

62 Thoughts Parents Have at 8th Grade Graduation

Today I watched my son cross the stage in his 8th grade promotion ceremony. Dressed sharp in a charcoal vest and tie, he took to the field of his new high school seven inches taller and immeasurably wiser than the once-timid kid nearly swallowed whole by 7th grade. Junior high wasn’t easy on any of […]

Tween Speaks: 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Go to a School Dance

Hey everyone, it’s me, Boy Wonder. You might not know this, but this is my second year in junior high. I’m an 8th grader now, which means this is my last chance to join school clubs and participate in events at my school, like school dances. My mom is pushing me really hard to go to […]

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 […]

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 […]