Dear Son, I know better than to expect a handmade card from you this year. Or a necklace made out of macaroni noodles or a stone painted with the words, “Mom, you rock!” After all, you are in high school. I will always treasure those cards and gifts from when you were younger, but what [Read More]
I know, I know. Good parents meticulously scroll their children’s devices and set appropriate time limits, parental passwords, and controls on them. But I’m not the Experienced BAD Mom because I’m good at this gig! Now, my husband and I aren’t letting our teen and tween have free reign with their devices. I know their [Read More]
For this year’s spring break, my family headed to Walt Disney World. Those of you who have been around the blog awhile know that we are lucky enough to go each year. Thankfully, this year we did NOT see a hawk pluck ducklings out of the Boardwalk Resort pool and eat them in a gutter [Read More]
I found myself wondering what the great humorist Erma Bombeck would do if she were in my shoes recently. I had just published a humorous essay on the website Your Teen for Parents. It was a “small moment” essay, one that I wasn’t expecting to light the internet on fire, but one that I hoped [Read More]
I wish that writing this blog (or really writing in general) made me one million dollars a year. Cue Dr. Evil, ala Austin Powers: via GIPHY Alas, writing does not pay the bills and I must work for a living. I’ve shared the glamour of my working gig before, but it’s time for an update [Read More]
Dear Son: You might feel like this year is no big deal. It’s not your first year of high school, and it’s not your last. You won’t be getting lost in the halls like the freshmen or taking standardized tests for your college applications. Nor will you be waiting to hear about college acceptances. Sophomore [Read More]
With the absence of those iconic conversation hearts this Valentine’s Day, it got me thinking about other sweet things I miss from Valentine’s Day past.