Since I'm finally mature enough to get it, I thought I'd thank my parents for all the things that made no sense when I was young.
I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "But of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!" It sounded suspicious to me. But once I had a baby, I followed suit.
Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suicide each year.
I have to admit there is a very small part of me that wants to congratulate him for his proper usage of the "F" sound, but I resist the urge and instead correct him and suggest a more appropriate response like, "Oh, no!"
Although walking back into a silent, kid-free home is sobering, the empty nesting years are far from "empty." As a matter of fact they can be the best years of a marriage.
Illusions of what a holiday should look like, how clean our house should be, the clothes our children should wear, the schools they should attend, the raise we should get at work, and how we think our boss should treat us all cause strife. Stress arises when our thoughts fight what is.
As my boys approach adulthood and start relationships of their own with women outside our house, I'm more keenly aware of what they learn both here and outside these walls. And sadly, it's not as simple as letting them choose the pink shirt over the blue one.
You think only surgeons are capable of pulling a craft fuzzball out of a toddler's nose with tweezers while scanning through the DVR.
Parenting can be so hard. Thankfully, the good times outweigh the trying ones, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a constantly changing, 24/7 job.
Sisters, stop asking if your standards are too high, if you want too much, if you are being too selfish. Figure out what you want. Don't settle for anything or anyone less. And then, once you and that worthy man find one another, love and work for each other as if your heart and souls depend on it.
Even if our actions are fuelled by the very best of intentions; when the things that we do demonstrate an acceptability of something, there is always a powerful underlying message that is being reinforced and stated. I am particularly interested in the messages that we pass on to our children and to the next generation.
It's been over 30 years since I've seen these now middle-aged adults who were teens back then. I am a little nervous.
The strength in Middle School Makeover is that Icard reminds us that we should treat the development that takes place during the tween and teen years with the same amount of awe, respect and adjustment that we did when our babies developed into toddlers.
There are several things I wish total strangers would quit saying. And from my conversations with other moms, I'm not the only one who hears them.
I aim to connect with people through sharing stories. But where do my rights as a parent end and my children's rights as digital citizens begin? In a huge gray area of unknown, that is where.
I'm learning how to weather these changing seasons as a parent. I'm not a new mom, I'm not really even a veteran mom. But, I'm becoming the mom my children need today.