Soon enough, you'll be playing your last game, retiring your food-stained jersey and hanging up your worn-down, smelly shoes. But before you do all that, remember to stop a minute and give yourself credit.
The increased presence of youth online has raised serious concerns about the safety of Internet and social media use.
Most of us have t-shirts that make us walking billboards for our fashion taste; some decked out in bling, others ripped and stained that we can't bear to part with since it has sentimental value. Still more have messages emblazoned on them that tell the world what we believe in.
I'm a proud messy parent, because I believe a home is meant to be lived in and enjoyed. After all, life is messy. And messy can be a whole lot of fun.
My son just texted me. He lives in Brooklyn now, many miles away from home. He moved out just after he graduated from high school in 2013, right after informing me that he wasn't going to finish college...well, not at this time.
Great communication requires true understanding, so instead of assuming you know what they're saying, get confirmation.
I expected many things from this parenting gig, but I did not expect my mom life to parallel the party days of my youth. From sunrise to sunset, I host a party that would make most college kids jealous. Are you ready for this? Let's party!
Each year, as winter fades into spring, I watch parents shift into overdrive. Parents, with every good intention, start obsessing about their children's (lack of) college planning, and tend to jump in--making lists, planning summer visits and perfect summer programs, creating a big chart on the wall of the kitchen to map out the whole process and get it under control.
If you manage to stay away from these phrases, you're exponentially more likely to appear in her next Facebook profile picture in front of the camera rather than behind it.
It's often more confusing for kids of divorce whose parents still get along. At least the kids who know their parents don't get along can't nurse as vivid hopes for a reconciliation, and they understand why the divorce occurred.
I thought I was "prepared Mom," all set organization-wise, emotion-wise and with a young man who was "ready" academically and maturity-wise. I didn't fear Matt couldn't take care or lead himself; as a first child, he's been doing that since about the second grade.
A liberal arts degree can be a great foundation for work and life, but parents and young people should consider an efficient and affordable pathway to a degree, including college credit in high school and low cost options for the first two years of college.
It doesn't matter if we explain that we made that cake and those brownies with cream cheese frosting and diced up all those vegetables for their third birthday party, there is no visible record in those pages that we were even there.
Ladies, there is no shame in protecting your health and well being, and any man who would think less of you for standing up for yourself should not get to see you naked. You are a beautiful, valuable, loved member of your family, my family and your community.
Babies and toddlers have no clue what personal space is. They have no misgivings about getting right up in your face. Not only will their face be right on top of yours, but every part of their body will be, too.
Don't buy onesies, your baby will quickly outgrow them. Buy two piece jammies that're slightly too big, and roll up the sleeves and pant legs.