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Big Kid
Jan12
College Prep Shouldn’t Be College Madness

College Prep Shouldn’t Be College Madness

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I’m so tired of the notion that it’s up to parents to figure out their kids’ college choices, and to do so starting in middle school, to boot. That’s silly.

Jan05
Also Not Really About Cars

Also Not Really About Cars

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I finally bought a new car, but is it just a car or the beginning of a bunch of transitions on our way to empty-nest-dom?

Dec31
How To Handle The “Bad” Girlfriend

How To Handle The “Bad” Girlfriend

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A reader is worried her young teen son’s girlfriend is a bad influence; there’s lots to unpack, here, but I give it my best shot.

Dec29
Snipping the Safety Net

Snipping the Safety Net

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I’ve always been the “Mean Mom” and it’s weird to pull back and let my nearly-adult teen make her own choices, but I have to trust her. It turns out, I do.

Dec24
Zen and the Art of Molasses Cookies

Zen and the Art of Molasses Cookies

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Through years of challenges, one cookie has steadied me every single holiday season. Is it magic? Maybe. I’m not going to rule it out.

Dec18
Harassment vs. Helicoptering

Harassment vs. Helicoptering

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A reader asks if she should stop in when her middle schooler is being harassed, or if it’s too much. I have soap box for this one.

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