Tag: parenting teens

I know you're ready, I just need another minute

I get how this works. I know things are going according to plan. And I know you’re ready… I just need another minute.  Guaranteed, there’s going to be tears.  You’ve probably seen me cry only a handful of times over the past 17 years- usually at video montages or curtain calls- but now every day... Read more »

Out of my comfort zone: a mom's story

It likely begins of the day we return home from the hospital. The day we sit down on our couch with a newborn and wonder “what do I do now?” It’s up to me to keep this baby safe and teach it strength, independence, and compassion. How the hell do I do that? I’ll admit... Read more »

My favorite parenting sound isn't my baby's laugh anymore

There’s nothing quite like the sound of a baby’s laugh. That pure, contagious belly laugh you think you’ll long to hear after your kids have grown. There are specific sounds we associate with our kids…feet too large for the body running up the stairs, the “I’m trying to be quiet” rattle of the cookie jar,... Read more »
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The lesson not taught in parenting books...letting go

There are countless guides and parenting books for newborns and toddlers. Add in the endless opinions from other parents- and the kid-free experts- and there’s no shortage of suggestions for sleep schedules, best strollers, traveling with toddlers, even adjusting to the first school years. What these books don’t cover, though, is navigating the second phase... Read more »

Why I'm not wishing for my kids to stay little

Yesterday I wrote about my daughter beginning high school. Tomorrow is her last day of freshman year. Ok, the end of eighth grade post was almost exactly a year ago, but that’s how fast this school year flew. It’s often said that when parenting “the days are long and the years are short;” that couldn’t... Read more »