Yes, I am the not-so-proud owner of an 11-year-old boy who refuses to wear pants in the winter. He (very strongly) insists on wearing shorts year-round, even when the temperature is only in the high 20’s.
Sometimes I forget that in just a few shorts years, my kids will be grown and (hopefully) flown. I guess I’d better start getting ready.
Sure, we know to avoid comparing siblings to one another, but in trying to bolster and protect my kids this way, I very nearly screwed up even more.
Birthdays with teenagers can feel a lot like a timer ticking down, but sometimes they feel like victory, too. For my late bloomer, this birthday feels huge.
It’s hard to believe I’m teaching my oldest to drive, but here we are (still alive and liking each other, even). It’s a learning process, for both of us.
I’ve never been the kind of parent to go for the flashy or extravagant gift for my kids, except I finally did, and it feels fantastic.
I don’t tell new parents the things I think they really ought to know, because I doubt they would believe me. But here’s what I always want to say.
Teenagers are notoriously hard to shop for, and mine insist all they want is money. I refuse to give up and just fork over the cash, and I’m okay with that.
At a time when many parents are backing off, we’re stepping up; volunteering at the high school level doesn’t make you a helicopter parent!
The longer I parent, the more I realize how much I don’t know. It’s all a puzzle, and thankfully, I like puzzles.
I voted this morning, but perhaps more importantly, I’m trying to make sure my kids understand why it’s a big deal.
The realities of trying to parent teenagers and keep my sanity are sending me more and more often… to the kitchen, where life makes sense to me.
A good marching band can be a fabulous high school experience for your child, but how do you know if a program is a good one? Here’s some things to consider.
After years of my oldest taking the lead with my son, it’s his turn to teach her a few things. I love seeing my kids build their relationship in any form, but this is new!
Have you heard about Texas Bill 5? It’s a somewhat controversial educational plan that will require kids as young as 14 to declare their future careers. Yep, 14.
With my teens sharing a class for the first time, the inevitable comparisons are making me wonder how I can coax the best out of each of them.
Asynchronous development can be worrisome and/or baffling, but it’s simply a difference that brings its own challenges and even joys.
Honesty is the best policy, but I routine lie to my teenagers on one very important point… and I’m going to keep doing it, too.
I thought nothing could be better than witnessing the benefits marching band brought to my daughter’s life… until my son followed in her footsteps.
How do you talk to your teens about their friends that you don’t like?