American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!” He wasn’t amused. In fact, […]

Please Stop Sexualizing My Son, He’s 11

My son started junior high today. Yes, junior high, the place where incoming 7th graders begin breaking free from the shackles of childhood to begin the arduous journey of self-discovery. As my boy walked the long walk from the car to the campus, I stopped to consider the many emotions he might experience on his […]

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. […]

6 Tips for Talking to Your Tween About Their Changing Body [Video]

For all the things that puberty is – scary, exciting, confusing – the one thing it’s not is easy. Ask any adolescent. Heck, ask any parent of an adolescent. From changing bodies to changing minds, our kids are developing into young men and women before our very eyes and if the very thought of these […]

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, […]

The Surprising Way I’m Bonding With My Tween Son

You guys, I’m struggling with the tweenage years already. Boy Wonder is only 10 years old and I feel like we have less in common than ever. This kid has always been the yin to my yang, the macaroni to my cheese, the chow-chow to my beans and now, well, we’re just two people struggling […]

The Boy Wonder Years

“Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn’t have to […]

Little Big Man

Boy Wonder is growing up. I’m so not prepared for the sex talk, puberty and all the rest of the totally normal and awkward parenting stuff that comes along with it. He’s 9 and in so many ways he thinks he’s so much cooler (and by cooler I mean older). Exhibit A: Deodorant Puhleese, he’s […]