My daughter is about to graduate from sixth grade. She’s transitioning from elementary school to middle school. Personally, I don’t think this requires a whole lot of fanfare. Maybe there could be a class party, maybe the sixth graders might get a little extra space in the yearbook. Perhaps there could be some sort of assembly. On my last day of … [Read more...] about Wait, Is This Seriously All For 6th Grade Graduation?
To my sweet boy, I’m just going to come out and say it: it sucks to be a younger sibling. I can’t say I know how you feel, because as a firstborn, I have never been in your shoes. But I remember how I used to treat my little brother, and I wouldn't have traded places with him for anything. As your mom, my heart breaks for you every time that your sister hurts your … [Read more...] about A Letter To My Son, About Being A Little Brother
When it comes to my kids, one of the things that stresses me out is this whole idea of “specializing.” Since my daughter was four or five, I've watched as many of her friends have streamlined their focus on piano or guitar, on club soccer or volleyball teams, on ice skating or acting or singing or swimming or tennis or dance. The stakes seem to get really high really fast - … [Read more...] about It’s Ok To Let Our Kids Settle For “Good Enough”
One of the most important things I know about myself is that I am a creative person, but I am not a crafty person. Some people can pick up a pair of scissors and a piece of construction paper and turn it into something fabulous and original. I can pick up a pair of scissors and a piece of construction paper and turn it into a piece of construction paper with uneven … [Read more...] about Who Can’t Make A Simple Sheet Ghost Costume? (Me.)
Something strange has been happening to me lately: I keep thinking I want to have another baby. Except, I don’t. The thing is, there are babies all around me. My brother just had a baby. My cousin just had twins. My best friend just had her fourth. It’s been a long time since I’ve been around this many babies, and I won’t lie, the smell and the softness and the perfection … [Read more...] about I Want a Third Child, Except, I Really Don’t