Posts tagged "Teens"

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor
I like to think I’m a pretty bang-up detective when I need to be. In fact, I’m convinced one day I’ll rent space in a brownish/grayish/oldish-looking building somewhere and hang out a worn wooden sign: Intini, P.I. The only thing keeping me from this dream of mine is not knowing the difference  between a private... Read more »

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand
There are moments while parenting when I sit back and think, “Well, this is a huge waste of time.” There are times when I’m stuck driving to yet another soccer practice, choir concert or driving a car filled with loud teenagers home from a club meeting and I think of all the millions of things... Read more »

Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart

Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart
My roller-coaster relationship with my junior high school son often leaves me dizzy, confused and nauseous. Phillip celebrated his 12th birthday earlier this month. Not even a week later, I have yet to walk that sober line to his bedroom and discuss our relationship. While I’ve struggled this past year with his changing voice, ridiculously... Read more »
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Even Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Even Good Kids Make Bad Choices
I always imagined that as a mother I would develop some kind of bad kid radar that would go off inside my head every time one of those kids came near my child, like a faint buzzing sound or the click of handcuffs. While I never really did develop the bad kid radar – I... Read more »

Mom's Guide To Junior High Fashion

Mom's Guide To Junior High Fashion
Welcome to Junior High School, Mom! Congratulations – You Are Old. Oh, don’t shake your head and say that you still look like you’re twenty and everyone says that you and your tween look like siblings. It doesn’t matter. My oldest daughter was born months before my 21st birthday. When she entered junior high school,... Read more »

Let's Reminisce About the Simple Times...

There is nothing in this world quite like that naïve planning and preparation for the arrival of our first child.  During those months (sometimes years) of self-indulgence, we dream and plan our future children, their peaceful early years filled with laughter and slobbery kisses, their precocious elementary career, drama-less junior high years and rigorous college... Read more »
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