Posts in category "Pre-teens"

Women and Friendship: How To Stay Connected After Kids Leave The Playground

Women and Friendship: How To Stay Connected After Kids Leave The Playground
Some of the very best female friendships blossom in the sunshine, downpours and snowstorms of chaotic, after-school playgrounds. They’re formed by women who notice when someone looks tired…or dressed up…or sick…or worried. The ones who keep an eye on your kids when you’re running late or let you know someone’s mother just passed away or... Read more »

Am I The ONLY Mom Sad About School Starting?

“Can you believe how this summer’s just flown by?” my mother asked during a recent phone call. “It’s funny,” I said, “but it’s actually felt like the longest summer of my life.” With three kids under the age of 16, I’ve spent the better part of these past three months driving kids to and from... Read more »

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.
Trust me. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. June 10, 2013 From the 13-year-old daughter: “Remember that time you brought that Rice Krispie Treat cake into my class when I was 11? You were such a cool mom back then.” From the online banking service (via email): “Your account is overdrawn.”... Read more »
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Just banned my teens' mobile devices from our upcoming Spring Break trip.

Just banned my teens' mobile devices from our upcoming Spring Break trip.
This is how it went down. I sat in my car, waiting for my nine-year-old son to finish his after-school play rehearsal. “Thanks for calling Verizon. My name’s Vicki. How can I help you?” “Hi, Vicki. My family’s traveling outside the country over Spring Break and I’m wondering if I have international access on my... Read more »

My love/hate relationship with driving my kids.

I never thought I’d feel this exhausted — and I’m pretty sure it has to do with driving my kids everywhere. These days, most of my hours are found behind the wheel, shuttling one or more of my three kids — oftentimes with their friends. I love the chance to listen to their conversations, their... Read more »

Stuck Between TMI and Tweens

I’m riding between two huge waves these days: my parents are of a generation that understandably sees the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. as flooding society with Too Much Information, while my kids are surrounded by every available portal to access and share it. I understand the merits of both sides, but I’m stuck... Read more »
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Born This Way: Raising A Strong-Willed Child From Day One

This is NOT my strong-willed daughter, though she might as well be. You’ve heard that kids often act worst for their families, saving all their venom for the ones they love most, right? Well, according to that theory, my daughter loves me more than anyone who’s ever been loved in the history of love, multiplied... Read more »