In the week after my first child, a daughter, was born, my hormones took me on one heck of a thrill ride. Up, down, exuberant, weeping, weirdly angry with my husband for not understanding.
And who could blame him? I didn't understand it myself. Yet every feeling was so deeply real and rational in the moment, it seemed he should be right there with me. Thank God he wasn't.
On the day my eldest son left for college, my youngest son got his first zit. This had to be some kind of sign, I thought. Time marches on or some such thing.
Maybe this was God’s little joke aimed at a mom whose “baby” is no longer a baby and whose first child was flying the coop. If so: not funny.
My oldest daughter’s first day of kindergarten seems as if it was only yesterday.
I remember how I shopped for days until I found a precious blue and white stripped dress with little sailboats and anchors smocked across the collar that was perfect for my sweet little Loughlin to wear on the first day of school.
When you first had sex, did you tell your parents? Either parent? BOTH of them?
In my case, being a 70s child, I never discussed sexuality (my own or others) with my mother or father. After I had three kids in my 30s, I assume they figured out I knew what to do between the sheets. But the subject continued to be an unexplored, let’s say completely closed, family topic.
Surprise: You and your daughter aren’t speaking the same language!
Kids ask questions. Yours have probably been asking lots of them ever since they learned the word, "Why?"
And that's all well and good as long as they're asking how car engines work and why the sky is blue... but there comes a time when you have to sit down with your precious little angel and explain puberty, sex, and all those wonderful topics to them.
The problem of bullying has been getting more attention - both in schools and online. As a mom, you’re probably working day and night to raise confident, respectful children who will be able to rise above the negativity of their peers. It can seem especially difficult with daughters, with so many negative influences on young girls from their friends to the media.
Every June, I roll up my sleeves, put on my organization hat and tackle the difficult task of wrapping up the school year for four children.
Ten-year-old girls. Sleepover parties. Tween drama. Need I say more?
My daughter attends a small school with about 20 girls in her class. Very nice girls. But not every sleepover and birthday party can include all 20 girls. So, inevitably, there have been a few hurt feelings. Tears. Playground huffs. Mean looks.
The 100 Deadliest Days (Memorial Day to Labor Day) for teens has started, and we thought these tips and tidbits about safe teen driving would be both informative and beneficial.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to Bill Wade, National Program Manager for Tire Rack Street Survival (a national non-profit teen driving program) and here’s what we learned:
Why is there an increased risk for teen drivers during the summer?