I am a child of the '80s and came of age in the '90s. Technology was limited to the Walkman, then the Discman, cable (if you had it), and the first America Online chat rooms, where everyone was mostly...
Recognizing the importance of letting your child fail and watching it unfold in front of you are two very different things. In my younger days of motherhood, I boldly touted the importance of letting your kid fail as an act...
We all dread teaching our teens to drive, right? I am not the only one, am I? Buckle up, mama, teen driving is a bumpy ride. When your teen turns 15, you think the hardest part is teaching them to...
Dearest Firstborn, you are the lucky one. Your father and I have tried out all of our best intentions on you. The rules, the freedoms, the second-guesses. You are our greatest experiment. And now, here you are, a freshman in...
As a Spanish teacher, I've often heard parents say they wish they remembered more from their high school world language course. Parents instinctively know that kids' brains soak up a second language more quickly and efficiently than their adult...
I remember not too long ago when I said goodbye to naps with my youngest. It was so sad to have that quiet "me" time taken away. It's hard to let go of those things that remind us of...
Summer is here! We've made it, friends! And while many of us look forward to this sweet time of family togetherness when school gets out, there are just as many of us searching for ways to keep our kids...
My mom was Pinterest before there was Pinterest. She once turned a washing machine box from the local appliance store into a jukebox for a '50s birthday party. My grandmother even sewed poodle skirts for my sister and me...
I used to say that I was a Mean Mom. It was in a joking way, but there was truth there. I felt like I was meaner than other mothers I knew, moms who responded to their kids in...
It happens...it could be because we are tired of hearing their constant whining for a phone, or because we want to upgrade ours to the latest model, or because we think that all their friends have one…we succumb to...
In the spirit of Sophia Petrillo, picture it: 2013. A beautiful Saturday morning in May. My nine-year-old son Jeremy and I are enjoying the warm sun on the back patio while my husband and six -year-old son sleep in....
Raising a teenager, so far, can be summed up with two words: emotional whiplash. My relationship with my 14-year-old is a sweet one. He still talks to me, confides in me, and wants my opinion on his myriad interests. He...

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