The Finished Fight

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” ...more

3 Things Teenage Boys Need to Know about Dating

My 15 year old son has found a girlfriend.  This is significant, because prior to this summer, we struggled with how technology has interfered in the way which our teenagers approach the dating scene.  Prior to this, my son only talked about girls he met on social media…half of the girls he talked to didn’t even live in our state!And then it happened. My son came home from our town’s annual festival and announced he had met a girl....more

The Homecoming Princess

I was all but 21 when I became pregnant with my daughter.  I'd been with her father since I was a junior in high school.  We weren't the serious couple who talked about marriage and having children - there were girls like that at my school, but I wasn't one of them.  We never lived together, and kept in touch during college.  I recall my father telling me that marriage and having children involved more than just love.  And I also recall him telling me that this guy wouldn't amount to much in life, which he said, "that's fine, depending on what you want,"....more

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years

Getting A Handle On the Teenage Years'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.  ~J.D. Salinger...more

My Child Is Loving Sleep Away Camp But I'm Miserable Without Her

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My daughter left for sleep away camp a week and a half ago, and I am nauseous. I am just so sad. I feel like a part of me is missing. And I am paying for this experience! ...more
Depends which kid. No just kidding. Really, just kidding!more

7 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Watching 'Inside Out'

Pixar's newest offering, Inside Out, is pretty darned amazing for the way it suits all ages, offering not just fun, but food for thought. While the audience is privileged to see what's going on in the head of the main character -- an 11-year-old girl named Riley -- her animated parents are not so lucky. They have no idea that Riley is in deep, deep trouble, tumbling head over heels into a bottomless pit of loneliness and indifference. ...more
Sally White Moving sucks period, and especially with little ones. Local parks are a great ...more

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!

Salt N Pepa aside...I knew this day was coming, I just didn’t know when.  So when last week my precocious official fourth grade daughter piped up from the back seat, “Mom, have you heard about 50 shades of gray?  Sandy says it has lots of SEX in it.  What IS sex, anyway?,” I clutched my steering wheel a little harder, took a deep breath and dove right in. ...more

Are The Kardashians To Blame For Your Teen's Unhappiness?

American teens are really unhappy. They report experiencing as much or more stress than adults, while feeling less supported at home. So, where did the happy childhood go? Was it just a myth? Or is the new American Dream partially to blame for its demise?...more

5 Lessons Summer Has Taught Me About Tween and Teens

Don't you just hate it when you're learning something new and you hit a button that posts your post before you're finished.This is take two!! LOLAs we head into the second month of summer, I've been trying to spend more time with my tween and teen (yep, I have one of both). They're boys and often it can be really difficult to find ways to connect with them. I think in these years it's often easier for dad to connect with boys then it is for us moms....more

Summer Insights About Tween and Teens Boys

As we head into the second month of summer, I've been trying to spend more time with my tween and teen (yep, I have one of both). They're boys and often it can be really difficult to find ways to connect with them. I think in these years it's often easier for dad to connect with boys then it is for us moms.It was so much easier when they were little. Play with them, cuddle with them, sing to them, etc., but as they grew, we started growing apart just a bit. ...more