The Practical Parent’s Guide to Surviving Tween Attitude

Once upon a time I had a loving son. He was sweet. He smiled a lot. He looked at me with eyes so full of love and adoration that I couldn’t help but fall to pieces. We were a team. We were magic. And then he turned 10. It didn’t happen overnight, but my buddy, […]

In Defense of Older Trick-or-Treaters

“If you don’t tell me what you want to be for Halloween, you won’t get to go trick-or-treating.” I told Boy Wonder for the hundredth time. “I’m too old for that.” he said. “People don’t like giving candy to older kids. Last year they kinda made me feel bad about it.” “What? Who? How? Was […]

5 Ways to Recapture the Magic of Childhood with Your Tween

“Mom, you can get rid of all that stuff.” Boy Wonder said as he pointed to a giant box of toys he’d spent years collecting. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yeah, that stuff’s for kids.” And just like that, my tween closed the door on his childhood without so much as a nostalgic look back. […]

7 Ways I’m Helping My Kid Resist Peer Pressure

Like every parent of an incoming junior-higher, I’m filled with excitement and anxiety for what the future holds for my son. I think about the friendships he’ll form, the rush of his first crush, and the scary and difficult decisions he’ll someday have to make. It’s no secret that the stakes are higher now. He […]

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 […]

The Kids Are More Than All Right, Says Report

Do you believe the children are our future? Are you prepared to let them lead the way? According to an epic CDC report on the state of health in America, you probably ought to. While it can feel as if the horrors of teenage sex, drugs, and alcohol are at an all-time high, the CDC […]

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 […]

7 Scary Things About Going into Junior High, According to a Tween

It’s Boy Wonder again and I have important news to tell you. I’m almost done with sixth grade! It’s great to be a 6th grader because we get to do all these really cool things because we’re going into junior high next year. I was feeling excited about 6th grade graduation, but lately people are […]