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 […]

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 […]

5 Government Resources Designed to Help Navigate Back-to-School Season

I’m feeling overwhelmed at the very thought of my kids returning to school exactly one week from today.  What with new teachers, never-ending classroom supply lists, and new curricula, going back to school is every bit as hard on parents as it is on kids. You already know there’s a lot to consider when it […]