Recapturing the self-love you were born with.

Kam and I had a discussion by text last night that really got me thinking about things I want my husband and me to tell our daughter when she comes along and is old enough to understand. Well, actually, it's something I think about all the time, but it prompted a good discussion with my husband....more

Talking to Teens: It's OK to Be Unique

My blogger friend Heather from Hangry Pants described toxic people in the most eloquent way: She called them Flower Cutters. Flower Cutters are people who are quick to slam you, to make you feel small and worthless with a cruel remark. A perfect example of a Flower Cutter statement, according to Heather, is, “You are soooo lucky you can eat all that chocolate cake and not get fat. I would be like a WHALE!” Snip, snip. Thanks for cutting my flower. ...more

please stand by lovelies while I uh...figure out this here blogging contraption :Dmore

Thought provoking questions to get children talking about summer camp.

Candy CohnAssistant Camp DirectorMaine Arts Camp ...more

The Sensationalization of Teen Pregnancy

I wasn't sure if I really wanted to write about this controversial subject. After all, it could happen to anyone, right? Wrong! I am not one of those parents who will let their kids run wild with the laid-back, "cool parent" attitude of "kids will be kids". Key word here is "kids". Second key word being "parents". Q: Why do "kids" have "parents"?A: To keep them from harm and help them make moral decisions. ...more

Forever 17

I had to read your post twice just to make sure I read it right. It is ...more

Keep Those Kids Reading This Summer

As children jump off the bus singing, “School’s out for summer,” parents everywhere begin to panic about keeping their children occupied during those long, hot summer months. I loved summer as a kid. It was easy, breezy and relaxed. I often curled up under (or in) a tree and read for hours upon hours. Of course, I didn’t have the wealth of technology at my fingertips that kids these days do, but I still think that summer reading is important for our children....more

Since my kids love books they don't need a lot of encouragement to read, but I still sign them ...more

Graduation, a Freight Train, and the Explosion in my Chest

There is a party going on, an imbroglio in my chest cavity where competing emotions vie for dominance. My eldest daughter is graduating from high school in just under three weeks, and my chest has been aching, spasming even. I am not having a heart attack, nor am I undergoing a panic attack. Rather, my heart is being attacked by emotion, apparently ALL the emotions....more

Thank you for commenting! I read your post about your own daughter's upcoming graduation, and I ...more

Soooo We Caught our 14 Year Old Son With Chew!

    Well who would have thought that we, parents of the year would make the unsettling discovery that our 14 year old son would be caught with chew? Considering our year of parenting teen firsts this somehow came as a great big surprise to my husband and I. As with all of the crazy stuff that our kids have done as of late, this was one of those things that you NEVER would have expected especially from Luke. He has always been the golden child, the one who could do no wrong, the light at the end of the tunnel of teenage darkness. Well guess what?...more

The End is Near!

With all the talk about the of the world coming to an end this weekend, have to admit I'm a little unnerved. However, this is not due to the predicted Armageddon. My panic is squarely footed in a seemingly mundane, but very real event. In exactly one week's time (if we all make it till then), I will be witnessing the end of the world as I know it. How can I be so sure? Simple. This is when my family embarks on one of the most tumultuous times in history: Summer vacation. ...more

Letter to Your Younger Self

The other day I was lamenting the whole 13 year old thing. It was before the recent post about Middle School Madness had been published, and a whole different entry had sat in its place as a draft article. It was full of frustrations and negativity regarding my daughter who just wasn’t getting it....more