Middle School: A Method to the Madness

We're knee deep in back to school over here and shit is getting real. This elaborate game of scheduling Jenga is beginning to tip over into insanity and absolutely no one is winning. Nobody. I knew this would be tough, but this year feels brutal. We're both working full-time, and I'm dropping so many balls that I feel like I'm standing in the ball pit at Chuck e Cheese. Ever stand in a ball pit at Chuck E Cheese? Shudder. Parent's worst nightmare....more

Graduation Advice for High School (and Beyond)

Today my 14-year-old graduated and the school celebrated with a “Middle Mem ...more

10 Reasons Why Raising a Middle Schooler Is the Absolute Best

Here are 10 things that I love about raising a middle schooler (because it's important to highlight the elements that are not stank feet and eye-rolls): ...more
Love this! It's so great to see other moms post about all the good aspects of having older ...more

Middle School

My oldest is going to middle school.What the WHAT?Middle.  School.We did registration.  He has all his supplies.  He was VERY particular regarding his backpack.  He wants to be in the band.  He looked "slightly" pale at all the discussions at the school.  He stared at his schedule.  He looked for kids he knew at the registration.  Hands in his pockets.  Taking it all in.He's in middle school....more
They grow up so fast! This is an interesting stage because they are developing a more broader ...more

The Joys of Raising Middle School Boys

Oh, the joys of motherhood. Watching your children grow, relishing every milestone and taking pride in their accomplishments. Knowing that you are doing your best to raise them to be independent, kind-hearted, strong adults and occasionally having the thought of "Damn, I am NAILING this parenting thing" makes you swell with pride. Then they do something that makes you certain that people are going to think this child isbeing raised by mental patients.  ...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

How to help gifted children survive the middle school years

Just when life seemed manageable, middle school-aged children face confusion and uncertainty. Social demands, hormonal changes, and a burgeoning sense of independence challenge the self that once was. New worlds unfold, and the old rules from elementary school don't work any more. Neither child nor adult, they must discover who they are and how to define themselves....more

Hernando's solution

Left BehindA look at a solution for middle school students that have been held back two or more times.Parents understand right away when I say is there anything else that can help my child get through middle school? Children who are held behind in middle school more then two times become a major problem. For one they are older then their peers and usually feel isolated. Number two they pretty much seem to give up. Most people believe that kids who give up do so because they don’t care and they don’t have parents who take an active interest in passing....more

Generation XYZ -- Middle School Girls and Justin Bieber

WordPress is asking us (well, asked us… this is Thursday’s prompt) to describe the generation immediately younger or older than us, and to explain what we understand least about them, as well as what we can learn from them. I’ll take the Generation younger than me.  I’m 29… so… I don’t know exactly how old that ‘generation’ is, but probably kids around grade 7-8, maybe early high school?  Middle school I guess.  Particularly… middle school girls....more

Middle School Christmas Miracle

William, my big baby boy, is growing up, even though he doesn't want to.  He'll be 13 in March, he's almost as tall as I am, he weighs 140 lbs., and he started middle school this year....more