Several months ago, our eleven-year-old suddenly morphed from a little kid into a tweenager. This (literal and figurative) development thrilled Lili and terrified us. Shortly thereafter, we discovered that my clothes and shoes fit her, another milestone which delighted her but struck fear into my heart. Lil now calls everyone “bruh” and does a… Read More The view from above
Last night I attended my son’s middle school concert. Kids from the band, orchestra, and chorus performed Christmas, Chanukah, and African songs in celebration of the Holidays. As I watched the 7th and 8th graders make their way on and off the stage, I was in awe of the diversity of the student body. As… Read More Why Can’t Our Leaders Be More Like Kids
Last Sunday’s hazy, hot, and humid weather was the perfect excuse for us to enjoy a lazy day at the beach. As we sat in our chairs under our umbrella, we watched the families chasing their little tykes and reminding them not to throw sand, walk on the blanket with their sand-caked feet, and desperately… Read More 10 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Getting Older
I thought I was one of the lucky ones. After the picky toddler stage, my son had turned into a really good eater. He would gobble up fruit at breakfast, at snack time he would enjoy and apple or banana while other kids were eating chips or gummy fruit snacks, and after dinner he would… Read More What Happened to My Healthy Eater?
Do you remember when you were pregnant with your first child and everyone warned you that your life was about to radically change, but you didn’t really grasp the enormity of that statement? Guess what? It happens again when your first, or, in my case, only, child goes to middle school…and I’m a little shell-shocked.… Read More Middle School, The Simpsons, and Coffee
I thought that after the toddler stages, parenting would get easier – less “hands-on.” And it did…for awhile. But parenting an adolescent is tough work. Although I don’t have to remind him not to run in a parking lot, I still need to be aware of what’s happening in his world and be there to… Read More He’s Doing His Job…And I’m Doing Mine
We’re a few weeks into the summer and my son has already learned a few important things at camp. No, he hasn’t tied any sailing knots, or learned how to carve a bear out of a block of wood, but he is learning to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of middle school a few months… Read More Middle School Survival Skills My Son Is Learning At Camp
I don’t know about any other parent, but I can surely recall the horrors of 7th and 8th Grades! This transition from elementary school age to what is often called ‘Tweens was pretty much a nightmare for me. Even my children with strong personalities came home in tears many times during those hellish years. Hormones… Read More The Hell They Call Middle School!
No matter how old I get, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to people being mean. When my kids were little, we knew a lot of mean kids. And mean parents! At one birthday party at our house, another kid’s mother said to me, “My son Johnny’s birthday party is next week, but your… Read More Meanness
It looks like mine will be the final installment in High School Throwback week. I still haven’t gotten caught up in reading everyone else’s posts, but so far they look great, judging from the photos. Unfortunately, I don’t have in my possession any high school photos, and I didn’t have time to ask around for… Read More High School Throwback: Melanie