I Forgot My Son's First Words and Lied About It

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation or an alphabetized library of scrapbooks as proof that my son did indeed take his first step or speak his first word. But, I can promise you that my now 15-year-old son is a walking, talking teen who can string sentences together and walk from place to place all by himself. ...more
RobertGraves Thanks Robert...nope never forgot him at the store but sometimes I would've liked ...more

I Gave My Daughter Her First Joint

I gave my daughter a joint this past weekend.I do not mean that to sound like it was no big deal, because it was not at all a casual decision. My daughter is almost 15 years old and a freshman in high school, and she has always been very open and honest with me.  Image: Rafael Castillo ...more
legal or not enabling is not EVER GOOD and saying your the cool mom when clearly you are ...more

Shopping with Tweens and Teens Is Harder Than Shopping with Toddlers

The other day, I found myself at the entrance of Target with the task of buying a birthday present for the party that started in half and hour, along with picking up a few basic necessities, such as coffee, laundry detergent and toilet paper. “Can we go to the toy aisle?” “Yeah! Can we look around?” “Mmm hmm,” I mumbled, as I ticked off the fastest route through the store. “Go ahead.” I looked up a half-second later to see my tweens still standing there. “You can go by yourself,” I smiled through gritted teeth. ...more
I have begun the "campaign for school shopping" this week. I have informed the tween and teen ...more

One of Many Races

This paragraph was written on Saturday, but I decided not to publish it until today. ...more

Dear Dr. Romance: On my death bed, I will not be in the mood to explain

Dear Dr. Romance: I read your newsletter "How to Heal a Rift with an Adult Child" with joy, how you simplify things for us. I already tried by email, but it got more complicated....more

5 Terrific Tween Vacation Crafts & Activities

Some families vacation in Hawaii, others Disneyland, we take fishing trips.  I don't like fish.  I don't like to catch them, touch them, or eat fish.  Ironic, isn't it?...more

We are raising Entitled Teens. Are today's parents ruining the next generation?

I have 4 children.  2 of them are Karol's kids, and so they are my "step children", and 2 of them are my biological children.  The "step kids" are 22 and 19.  The bio kids are 17 and 15. So we have had some experience raising teens.More and more I am seeing stories about teenagers and young adults who feel they are "entitled" to things.  I read about Generation Y and how they feel as though society and their parents "owe" them jobs, opportunities, etc.  They don't feel they have to work for things....more

Looking Back from a Milestone

My son finished elementary school last month, and while he seems to be approaching the idea of middle school with aplomb (or at least with an 11-year-old's casual coolness), I’m having a bad case of nostalgia right now. We’re at a family milestone, but I remind myself that such milestones are only the most prominent markers along a path full of signs and wonders....more

A Surprising Thing That I Will Miss When My Kid Goes to College

We are less than a month away from the day that we leave our older son behind at college and head home to a slightly emptier house.In order to avoid thinking about that for too long, I have been putting my energy into dealing with all of crap that needs to be done before he leaves for school: dorm room shopping, doctor’s appointments, haircut appointments, clothes shopping and, as a last-minute stressor, wisdom teeth extractions....more

My Son's Words Of Wisdom - "You Have A Lot To Remember About Me"

I was a rotten mother yesterday.I forgot to give my son his allergy medicine yesterday. It's nothing prescription or anything, just 12 hour Claritan, but this time of year, he really needs it....more

10 Random Things I miss about having toddler's, now that my kids are Teens

OMG, it's happening, I am starting to miss the busy days of parenting a Toddler. With my son being 14 and daughter 12, they need me less and less. Actually let me rephrase that. They need, money, a ride to their friend's house, help with homework, I have no clue how to do they way they are being taught, rides to concerts and sporting events, food, that they somehow can't seem to find in the kitchen, anywhere,  and did I mention, money?...more