The Chronicles of Insomnia: A Journey with my Tween Through the Land of No-Sleep

When my daughter Anna was a baby, she slept like a baby....more

Curvy Roads and Short-Cuts

Just the other day the thought hit me that I would rather take a curvy road any day over a straight shot. On a long, straight road, there is no mystery, no surprises. It can become monotonous. A curvy road keeps you on your toes. You have to be alert to the swiftly changing road conditions. There is a spike in adrenaline around every deep curve, because you can't actually see what's on the other side, or what is coming at you....more

Eleven: The Hallway as Metaphor

I made my son hang out with me.It was an unseasonably warm winter Sunday in January. My daughter had a friend over, and my son was bored. It was foggy, and I decided to walk with my camera on a nearby beach. I told my son he was coming with me. No excuses.He half-heartedly grumbled for a while, but he went. By the time we were walking to the beach, he was just yanking my chain, complaining about having to hang out with me for the sake of entertainment. With great solemnity, he said, "Mom, I'm almost eleven. I'm a tween. I'm separating from you."...more

Midlife Crisis?

Growing up, I often heard the term "midlife crisis" swatted around like an annoying little insect.Dude bought a fancy new sports car? Midlife crisis.Dude up and left his wife? Midlife crisis.Dudette changed her hair color? Midlife crisis....more

The tween scene.

The term "tween"...you've heard it, yes?  A word used describe a kid between 10 and their teens.  In between a kid and a teenager.  Tween.  It sounds almost cute.  I see it all over Pinterest.  "Tween hairstyles",   "Tween fashions",   "Tween bedroom makeovers".    What you don't see is "How to get the demons out of your tween", or "How to ground a tween so hard they'll never see daylight again"....more

5 Questions Moms of Girls Should Be Prepared to Answer

Parenting is all about preparation. As long as you realize you'll never be fully prepared. When kids are younger, preparation means making sure you can survive a two-hour trip out of your house. For me, that consisted of 14 diapers, seven bags of goldfish, three extra outfits, every first aid component ever made, toys, books, mats, drink boxes, and a protein bar. My family could survive days on a desert island if needed. ...more
You are spot on - keeping communications open is so important! I always tell my kids that I will ...more

Middle School: Was it Middle Hell for you?

'Tis the season! Back to school pics abound on social media. And the memories flood in. By memories, I mean nightmares. Not all nightmares, but a few Middle School related ones. Oh Middle School.  Those were not the days. ~~~ How many guys have you gone with?The little spaceship in my head that travels back in time is being propelled even further back than high school.  I'm remembering MIDDLE SCHOOL!Dear G0d, make it stop.The only remedy, of course, is to write about it....more

The Best {Funniest!} Advice for Parents of Middle Schoolers

My oldest started middle school this week....more

Do your kids do homework right when they get home?

So my friend and I have very different parenting styles. It's partially because she only has one child (girl) and I have two (one of each).She makes her child do homework as soon as she walks in the door from school. I see that as cruel and unusual punishment and don't have my kids do it until after dinner. My theory is that kids need time to run around, have a snack, play with friends, etc. because they've been in school all day. Plus, I don't want them to miss what little sunshine is left by 4 p.m....more

Where your brain does math changes depending on age

According to new research from Stanford University Medical Center, your brain reorganizes itself as you age to do math from different regions.Young children: When learning basic arithmetic, young kids (say, under 8) start by counting on their fingersAround 8 years old: They start to shift from counting on their fingers to pulling math facts from memory. The hippocampus (which shapes new memories) is activated more. The prefrontal and parital cortex (involved in counting) were activated less....more