In Defense of the Simple School Dance Ask

His name was Brian and he was a junior. He had red hair, an ambitious goatee, and he liked me. I suppose I should have been flattered. As a shy freshman, I didn’t get the attention of boys — or upperclassmen — very often. One day after class, Brian approached me and said hello. I muttered […]

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 […]

99 Problems Only Teenagers Understand

You think you have problems? Try being a teenager. With big changes, bigger questions, and even bigger ideas, teenaging can only be described as tumultuous. It’s no secret teenagers got 99 problems, but rolling their eyes ain’t one.

36 Things No One Tells You About Parenting an Almost-Teenage Boy

When my eldest son made me a mom, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d never diapered a baby before, or fed one, or really even held one for any notable length of time. Having a baby and not a clue was scary. I spent a lot of time researching and worrying, wondering and […]