My teenage son gazed into the abyss of the open refrigerator. I envisioned dollar bills floating past his head as the cold air escaped, causing our electric bill to skyrocket.
“Could you please close the refrigerator door?” I asked, trying to remain calm.
“There is nothing to eat and I’m starving!” he groaned, as he dramatically held his stomach.
“The refrigerator is empty because you ate everything from my grocery shopping trip three days ago.”
Hungry Teenagers eat everything!
My son began h...
“EVERYONE has a cell phone but ME,” whined my twelve-year-old daughter.
“Your twin brother doesn’t have one either,” I responded.
A variation of this same conversation had been going on between us for years. Since my twins have lost their North Face Jacket, DS games and other expensive items, I wasn’t too keen to shell out hundreds of dollars for a cell phone for my tweens.
I knew what my daughter was saying was true, that most of her friends did have cell phones. According to Techcrunch, in ...
There is something all moms dread more than anything. I’m not talking about potty training although, that’s up there. I’m referring to the fear that your child will contract lice—ya know those gross little bugs that take up residence in your head??? I’ll give you a moment to finish itching your scalp.
When your kid gets lice, (notice I didn’t write if) in all likelihood, it will go something like this:
You receive a letter from the school or daycare saying, “Check your kid’s head b...
When my twins were first born, I had an endless amount of questions about child rearing.
“Barricade the door,” a man shouted.
The people in the room scattered in different directions and frantically began shoving desks and chairs in front of the entryway.
This might sound like a scene from the latest Tom Cruise action movie, but it wasn’t. Rather, it was an ALICE training at my teens’ high school. I participated in the two-hour hands-on active shooter simulation which I found both informative and scary.
What is the ALICE Training Program?
In response to the Columbine shootings, O...
I love fitness classes. There are many benefits to participating in a fitness class as opposed to working out on your own. In general classes are social, more fun and push you to workout harder. If you are enjoying your workouts, you are more likely to want to return and continue exercising.
Research studies have demonstrated exercise is a type of anti-depressant equivalent to therapy or medication for some people. Exercise also improves physical health, can lead to weight loss, and decreases...
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...