Posts tagged "junior high"

How to explain the definition of a relationship with a pre-teen

This morning, Little Woman came to me in the kitchen with a smile on her face. My first thought was OH CRAP, WHAT NOW?! Most of us parents know that if our kids are eerily silent or smiling for no reason, they’re up to no good. And this never changes, no matter how old they... Read more »

My initiation into Helicopter Parenting

I’ve always been a laid-back person. I take things as they go and pray for the best. I never worried more than I had to and always took the ‘if it’s meant to be’ approach to life. Until I had kids. Then my world changed upside down and I discovered cosseting tendencies I never knew... Read more »

Ya Gotta Have Swag: The battle cry of a pre-teen

Today, I took Little Woman to the mall for a window tour of school clothes and shoes she may be interested in. If I were to add up everything she says she “needs”, I’d have to re-mortgage the house. NOTE TO SELF: Don’t ever take your pre-teen to the mall for a window tour of... Read more »
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