A text to my son changed the direction of a heated conversation

It was a text I sent to my son late last night after hearing the front door lock as he returned from a movie with friends. He  hurried past by our room without acknowledging us with a good night. His father was asleep next to me and I was googling "cliff jumping."...more

5 Things I Learned from American Girls…the scariest book since Cujo

I don’t have daughters, but I still picked up a copy of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. I didn’t expect it to keep me up at night. Here’s why it did:...more

Short-Timer Syndrome: The School Year is Almost Over

I’ve been hearing some "what's going on?" reports over the past few weeks from host parents. They report major behavior changes, things like:...more


I have been on a quest to find information on kids that are not phased by consequences....more

14 Years of Motherhood

14  years ago I was awarded the mommy title and never looked back. Who was I before I became a mother? I vaguely remember waking up thinking of myself first. As a child, I didn’t play with baby dolls or babysit. Having a sister seven years my junior was plenty motherhood for me. I didn’t even think I wanted to have kids. ...more

Is Your Teen Obsessed With Her Screen?

I have 2 teenaged daughters. They both have laptops and iPhones. I supervise them. For instance, the only iTunes account is mine, so if they buy a song, I know about it. I know their passwords as well. Despite all of that, sometimes shit happens. ...more
Yes, and I was shocked when I started seeing the number of texts each month on the phone bill ...more

Why Sue Klebold's Book Absolutely Terrifies Parents Like Me

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold had me glued to the pages from the start, except for when I had to leave it to get a box of Kleenex. I was fascinated, horrified, sickened, and heartbroken in turns while I read, but mostly heartbroken -- for Sue as a mother, for the memories of her lost child, and for the pain she and her family have had to live with for the last seventeen years. ...more
MarthaRoss I agree with you completely! I thank she was very diligent and candid. Despite the ...more

Are You Close to Your Teenage Daughter?

It was the 64,000-dollar-question, or in our case, the 127-dollar-question. After an hour of primping, of tedious makeup application and careful color consideration, it was time to pay for all the fun. I expected the tally. After all, my daughter and I completely bought into the subtle sales pitch: ...more

Second Half of the Exchange Year: Easy Peasy, Right?

I wrote the post below last year; see my blog, The Exchange Mom, for the original post and related advice on dealing with international students.  ...more
ctherrell 1. Yes, continue pushing her to talk. I've got a "list of 40 questions" I can send ...more

Troublesome Trio Strikes Again!

Troublesome Trio Strikes Again!If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.  ~Tennessee Williams...more