Heartbroken Over Pennsylvania School Stabbings: How Are We Failing Our Kids?

I'm heartbroken. It seems that yet again, a kid -- a sixteen year old -- felt such desperation, pain and rage that he saw his only option was to act out in a violent and permanent way.  In his wake, his classmates are fighting for their lives, terrorized and forever altered by their experience.On Wednesday, a sophomore from outside of Pittsburgh, stabbed multiple fellow students....more
Our kids (and ourselves) are by technically 'safe' ANYWHERE. You can live life in fear of these ...more

8 Reasons Parenting Teenagers Is Awesome

I don't know about you, but when our kids were little, we used to look ahead to the teenage years with much fear and trepidation. "They are so cute," strangers would compliment our toddlers. Inevitably, they would then add, "Just wait till they're teenagers." If that doesn't fill you with dread, I don't know what will. ...more
Lifetuneups Even with the eye rolling, teens are pretty awesome. -Momomore

The Adults Should Know Better: How Teachers Enable Bullying in Our Schools

**I've edited a few words below, realizing that a sentence or two gave the mistaken impression that I was shaming all teachers or that I believe that our schools bear singular responsibility for the bullying that is so rampant in our schools. Please know I write this as a former public school teacher, parent, and currently-emplyed private tutor and student advocate. I think educators are undervalued and overworked. But I also think we need to be real about where our schools can improve. ...more
PardonMyRandomness  I agree.  I keep hearing that "it's just the new buzzword" and it makes me ...more

What to do when your kids compare themselves to a wealthier family:

MY SIX-YEAR-OLD CAME HOME FROM A PLAYDATE AND COMPLAINED THAT "SO-AND-SO HAS SUCH A BIG CLOSET, WHY DON'T I GET ONE TOO?"photocredit...more

When your youngest turns 18...

"Let me see. If Adam is turning 18 today, and  I was X  when he was born. Then X  + 18 = my age now.""Really? I'm only X  + 18?"(Foolishly, I had been adding a year to that since my birthday in August. I'm not as old as I thought? ... I better double check my math.)"If this is 2014, and I was born in 19_ _; then 2000 - 19_ _ = _ _+ 14 = how old I will be in August. Not now. I've been saying I already was X  + 18 + 1!"...more

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Heartbroken Over Pennsylvania School Stabbings: How Are We Failing Our Kids?

I'm heartbroken. It seems that yet again, a kid -- a sixteen year old -- felt such desperation, pain and rage that he saw his only option was to act out in a violent and permanent way.  In his wake, his classmates are fighting for their lives, terrorized and forever altered by their experience.On Wednesday, a sophomore from outside of Pittsburgh, stabbed multiple fellow students....more
Our kids (and ourselves) are by technically 'safe' ANYWHERE. You can live life in fear of these ...more

Lies I Told My Daughter

You see this little girl, twirling in a pretty summer dress as innocent and as happy as can be? That’s one thing that keeps me from going off the deep end in this crazy ass world. As much as I love her the way she is now, I would love for her to have stayed like this. 8, innocent and thinking boys are gross.This picture was taken 3 summers ago, before the prepubescent hormones,  lip smacking, crushes and the obsession with cute training bras began. The fact that she is entering middle school this fall makes me want to cry hysterically while eating ice cream with  pink rollers in my hair....more

Nothing

“Why do the assistants step over her instead of walking around?” Adanna whispered to Nahue.  “A Princess should never disgrace herself by doing something like this.  For an assistant to walk around her is to admit she is not worthy to be a Queen.  The Princess walks around so they will never in life step over a Queen.”  Nahue said, loud enough for Gzifa to hear.            Adanna could see the logic in that....more

My Daughter Doesn't Care to Go To College -- Is That Okay?

(photo by iStockphoto.com)"Mom, I don't really want to go to college," my 13-year old daughter mentioned casually over hamburgers one night....more

Two Middle School Boys Were Making Fun Of My Son, So I Became An Angry, Snapping Autism Mom

Saturday was quite the day.My daughter Anna just celebrated a milestone birthday, and to mark the occasion, I took her, her brother and her best friend to an indoor waterpark for the day. We closed the place down, and took our tired and hungry selves off to a big chain buffet-style restaurant that happened to be across the street for dinner....more

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Friends?

“My heart still aches to be with my father.  I want to go comfort her.” Adanna told Nahue. “We can’t interfere.” Nahue said looking over a copy of the ship’s map.             “We can’t.”  Adanna couldn’t get the crying Princess of her mind.“She must get over this in her own time.” Nahue held his bandaged arm.  He had placed on a long sleeve shirt to cover it up. Adanna thought to herself. “I can’t get him into any more trouble....more