In an attempt to break the deafening teen silence during breakfast, I began a conversation.
“So I saw a meme . . .”
Laughter erupted from my twin teens.
“It’s pronounced MEEEM, not MEH-MM. You sound like Elle’s mom who said MeeMee,” my teen daughter corrected me.
Just for the record—I’m not alone. There is an entire article written about how to pronounce meme.
I didn’t let the laughter or mispronunciation deter me. If I did, I would never communicate with my twin teenagers.
“Anyway, as I was ...
“Does this spark joy?” I asked myself.
Cradling an apple spice candle in my hand, I sniffed the top of it.
The scent is gone probably from sitting in the attic for 15 years, I thought. It definitely isn’t sparking any joy.
I tossed it in the overflowing trash pile.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo had been a best seller for 86 weeks when I first discovered it. That discovery preempted a month-long marathon decluttering of my house. I emptied every drawer, closet and bin w...
“It’s time for karate class,” I said to my 13-year-old son.
“Do I have to go?”
This has been a common exchange between us for a variety of activities over the past 10 years. He has tried everything from baseball to cooking class—yet nothing holds his interest as much as video games. Every now and then I wonder if it is worth investing money and time into classes or sports he doesn’t want to participate in. But if I hold off on signing him up for things, he does nothing except play vide...
Last year as my twins finished sixth grade, my anxiety began to surface. All summer long, I worried about their impending transition to the junior/senior high school for seventh through twelfth graders.
As August approached, my fears grew more intense as I thought of all the unanswered “what if” questions that rattled through my mind.
How would they handle riding the bus with twelfth graders?
How would they navigate the stress of a rotating schedule and a grueling course load with six differe...
The Momo Challenge may sound like a harmless game but it has been linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina on July 22. The images on her phone indicate that she was following steps from the Momo profile that ultimately led to her tying a sheet around her neck. Authorities are investigating an 18-year-old teenager who was communicating with the victim before her death.
What is the Momo Game or Challenge?
The Momo game is being compared to The Blue Whale Challenge, which was con...
“I passed!” I shouted to my parents after completing the driver’s license test.
My mom smiled, hugged me and said, “I knew you would.”
My dad grumbled, “Congrats,” followed by “Now you can get a job since you can drive yourself there.”
Part Time Jobs for Teens
And with that glowing endorsement, my teen employment search began. I decided to apply for lifeguard positions since the idea of getting paid to get a suntan sounded appealing along with being around hot teen guys with their shirts off....
“I’m so jealous of you!”
That was me speaking, not my teen. We signed up for a music subscription service, and within minutes she had all the latest hits on her iPhone playlist. I was in awe but also jealous of her easy access to music. As a teen growing up in the 80s, I would have loved to have the ability to listen to a song of my choosing within seconds. Even though technology can have its downfalls, I’m envious of all the ways my teen will have it better than I did growing up in the 80s.
People want proof. Due to the popularity of true crime TV shows, juries expect to see hard evidence like DNA, blood spatter, or ligature marks to prove the accused is guilty. In cases of sexual harassment or abuse, there may not be any forensic evidence available. This lack of proof can leave the victim feeling that it’s not worth telling anyone about the incident, or, worse—wondering if a crime actually occurred.
Consider the following situation: A young woman had a casual consensual sexual ...
Sitting in the waiting room, I overheard one side of a phone conversation. From what I could ascertain, the woman was empathizing with her friend who was struggling at home with a newborn. I heard platitudes like, “I remember how hard it was to wake up every two hours throughout the night.” Or another one was, “All the crying can really get to you after a while.” I think she was trying to be helpful.
Then she said a statement which I’ve heard many times, but I still cringed, when she said, “W...
I love to travel. Before becoming the proud parent of three darling cherubs everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with three kids in tow, sometimes internationally. I didn’t let their age stop me either; they all flew before the age of two.
It wasn’t always easy though. In fact, it was downright disgusting at times but definitely worth it. I’m going to share some...
“Did you see that?” asked my husband in a hushed voice.
As our three kids ate dinner, my husband and I examined our 12-year-old son’s face. We observed in a clandestine manner in order to not influence his reaction.
It was unmistakable. My son’s eyes moved in a diagonal direction up towards his forehead every five minutes as he ate his spaghetti. The subtle motion was only noticeable if you paid attention. I scheduled an appointment with his doctor.
“Does he play video games?” asked the docto...
A woman peered into the double stroller and asked, “Are they twins?”
“Yes,” I responded.
“That must be difficult,” she said.
I heard this comment often when my twins were first born. It was difficult. Really difficult. When I think back to that time period, two things helped me get through it: joining a group for moms of multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) and having a mom mentor.
A mom mentor is a mom to older children who gets matched with a first-time mom. She provides support and feedback f...
“Hurry up or you will miss the bus,” I hollered to my thirteen-year-old boy/girl twins.
Opening the front door, the icy air jolted me awake faster than a caffeinated coffee.
The three of us scurried on the snow-covered sidewalk illuminated by a streetlight. Four neighborhood teens stood on the corner and greeted us as we approached. One of the boys pocketed his phone and asked my son a question.
I’m the last mom standing at the bus stop. It wasn’t always this way. In Kindergarten, three other...
I think we can all agree that there's nothing glamorous about potty training. Besides the obvious ick factor, all the “potty lingo” is enough to make you want to let your kid wear diapers for the rest of their life. The whole process makes us moms a little crazy (potty dance, anyone?) and causes us to do things we didn’t think we'd ever do, like:
1. Spending hours on Pinterest searching for potty training reward charts, then spending a ridiculous amount of money on stickers and new underwear....
Your little one might have nerves about ending the school year and starting camp. These expert tips will help you prepare for the first day.
It's official! Your kid is registered for summer camp. This is going to be such a great experience for your little one! But now you're wondering, "What do I have to do to prepare my child, and myself, for the first day?"
When heading to camp for the first time, kids are often nervous about trying new activities, making friends, and separating from their ...