10 Things I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

With a household of young adults aged 15-20, I am in the final years of my hands-on parenting stage, and the empty nest is getting closer and closer. If I think too hard about this fact, I am liable to burst into tears. However, sometimes this revelation is a light in a tunnel of teenage... Continue Reading →

100+ things for your teenager’s Easter basket

When it comes to Easter baskets, kids are easy to shop for. Grab some jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, gather a few small toys, add the artificial grass and voila, you have created the magic of the Easter Bunny. And then they become teens, and the Easter basket dilemma begins. First off, don’t think for... Continue Reading →

Letting her go.

'Letting our children go' is a lifelong process for parents, one that we wrestle with again and again, and each parent has to wrestle with it in his or her own way. -- Mister Rogers My daughter is moving away. It’s weird typing those words. I always knew there would be a day I would... Continue Reading →

Night of the living teenager

“My kid has totally turned against us,” a friend of mine lamented as she shared all the ways her teenager was lashing out in rebellion. “She insists when she turns 18, she’s leaving. I feel devastated!” I was there as recently as a few weeks ago. My 14-year-old daughter looked at me like I was... Continue Reading →

Fat Tuesday, Lean Wednesday

While no longer the genuflecting type, my Catholic roots have kept a few traditions under my belt that I cherish in my Christian faith. One of those is the season of Lent. I find it a beautiful time of starting over and ridding myself of the things that are warping my life. Much like the... Continue Reading →

Whatever.

Whatever. It’s her word of choice for me, regardless of what I say to her. Did you eat all of your brother’s chocolate? Yeah. Well, wouldn’t you go ballistic if he went in your room and stole something out of it? Whatever. Just weeks ago we were close. And now? I barely know this 14... Continue Reading →

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