Off Like a Prom Dress...

Over on my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/MadgesAdultSurvivalGuide (which you should all go and "Like") I had a little contest as to what I should write about next. And the lovely and talented Michele Clark Powell won with her prom theme suggestion. She suggested I compare proms of today to yesterday and goaded me into posting pics. ...more
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Carrie

public school rant

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A picture says a thousand words...

You guys... this was me. This was me in High School to be brutally honest. The bleach blonde hair, braces, MIDRIFF EXPOSED (SOUND THE ALARMS!!!), crazy Rastafarian hair. What the hell was THAT about? ...more

Back in Session

Here we are again. Typical coming of age blog post.Hello School, hello death.I think I forgot how to use my alarm clock. Every morning it beeps and beeps but I don't remember what the noise is for. It’s deceiving and evil and gross.I don't think I can get used to it again. I am not meant to stay in a room for 8 hours a day. I have so much more to offer. To give.It seems like every day now people are pressuring me to figure out what I want to be. But why can't I just be? ...more

Sexual Harassment: Widespread Problem in Middle, High Schools

Think back to middle and high school. (Some of us have to think harder than others.) Did a boy ever snap your bra in the hallway? Did anyone ever call you a "slut" or a "whore"? Were you ever labeled a lesbian for playing basketball or having lots of male friends? Did anyone ever send you graphic pictures via email or spread rumors about you online? If so, you are sadly not alone.  ...more
@BlogHer http://t.co/8MVO2vk5 Six Ways Dads and Moms can Help Daughters Deal with Harassment.more

20th Year Reunion? Pass

After reading about BlogHer's anti-bullying campaign, I thought now was as good a time as any to re-post my blog about why I opted out of my 20th Year High School Reunion and the mean girl I don't ever want to see again.I've only recently rejoined Facebook after deactivating my account last year.  I was a full-blown junkie in desperate need of counseling.  But like most addicts, a relapse was inevitable.  I'll be sure to provide full disclosure on my addiction in a detailed post, but that story must wait for another day....more

Mom Fail?

Lately conversations with my oldest have been strained…. tense… or whatever you want to call it. But today I feel like today was a total mom fail (again)....more

How To Handle A Queen Bee Mom (Without A Fist Fight)

A couple of months ago, I signed my kids up for gymnastics. They love it, but I’m about to beat the crap out of this Alpha mom whose kid has been on the team for years. We had this little incident, and now she keeps giving me the stinkeye as well as pointing to my kid and making comments. (My kid is very talented and will probably make the team.) I’m there twice a week and it’s getting harder and harder not to snatch her up. Please give me some perspective on what to do....more
I have to disagree about ignoring her. I'd CALMLY (the tone is really important) say something ...more

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

With a daughter in middle school, I am reminded daily that being 13 is the worst age to be, followed closely by 12, 14, and 15.  I’ve often said there isn’t enough money in the world to convince me to redo those awful years.I see Elliott struggle with self-esteem, body image, and with social awkwardness.  This is an age where the girls are a foot taller than the boys, the girls are more developed than me, and the absence of posture is painfully evident.  Greasy hair, pimply faces, and non-acceptance in the popular crows is a uniform all middle schoolers wear....more