Prom season is here! Each spring, there is a frenzy of “Prom-posals” (if you have not yet seen this, brace yourself) and florists, hair stylists, and formal wear and transportation suppliers rub their hands together in glee (I made that last part up, but I can imagine it happening). Many parents remember their prom and […]
Life On the Other Side
We've gone from wiping butts to wiping tears, playground swings to mood swings and the battles for independence continue to wax and wane. Parenting teens and young adults in some ways is easier but has its own challenges. Just like the toddler years, there are things nobody told you.
With Mother’s Day this weekend, I am thinking about my mom and how she has shaped the mom I am myself. I remember my own teen years (sometimes with embarrassment) and marvel that she handled them with such calm and dignity. I now live too far away to spend the day with her, but I […]
When I was expecting my third child, I read that children enter a new stage every three to three and a half years, where they assert their independence and challenge the status quo. At the time, my first two were seven and three and a half (I wish I had gotten that memo sooner.) Over […]