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The George Costanza Guide to Raising a Teen

Melissa Chapman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

While I am only two years in -- I have learned quite a few things from this experiment of raising a teenager with ZERO guidance (and modeling my parenting tactics based on the way George Costanza made his decisions) and here are just a few random things I've learned so far.

I Still Don't Have All the Answers and Other Parenting Nuggets of Wisdom

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I have to admit that this past year -- her first as a teenager and my first parenting a teen -- has been a major learning experience for me and has forced me to re-examine our relationship as well as my parenting fails.

A Letter to My Teenage Daughter

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Everything feels REALLY MONUMENTAL right now, but if you could just stop and repeat these words silently to yourself, " Will this matter in a year from now?" I promise you that your perspective will shift.

On Being OK With Putting My Supermom Cape Away

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

This year, I got thrown a curve ball. My daughter found herself in the midst of a social situation that Supermom could not swoop in and fix.

4 Signs You Are a Slacker Mom (Like Me)

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I also think that uber parenting style had me feeling like I needed to be much more relaxed as a parent lest I wanted my kids headed straight to therapy, so I guess I would categorize myself, at this point in my motherhood career as kind of a slacker. So what traits do us slacker moms possess? And how would you know if you too were one of our tribe? Keep reading!

In the Mundane and Ordinary of Motherhood I've Found my Happiness

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

All that wanderlust I had in 20 years has dissipated and I can't imagine needing or searching for anything more than what I have right here. Right now.

4 Things I've Learned About Life From My 9-Year-Old Birthday Boy

Melissa Chapman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

While I wanted to smother him with kisses this morning he told me, "One kiss is all I need." And so I must figure out a way to make that all I need as well. But on this day -- I feel this need to share all that my 9-year-old boy has taught me.

4 Ways Having a Son Has Helped Me to Better Understand My Husband

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Boys, like men, CANNOT multitask. If I ask my son a question while he is doing ANYTHING -- watching TV, brushing his teeth, staring into space -- he will likely ignore me (as will my husband). Scratch that. He won't ignore me, he just won't hear me.

Laura Linney Gives Birth to a Baby Boy at Age 49 and the Question Remains, Should You Ever Give Up Your Dream to Conceive?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.22.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

With my son, it was a completely different experience. At the time, like many other women, I just assumed that as an early thirties mom, as soon as my husband and I started "trying" to get pregnant, we'd be blessed with another little fetus.

Rules for Raising a Mama's Boy

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

As a mother, I cannot imagine that anyone could love my children as much or as unconditionally as I love them.

A Letter to My Daughter: 3 Tools She Needs in Her Arsenal When it Comes to Women

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Being that my womb is no longer open for procreation -- thereby making it IMPOSSIBLE to give my daughter a sister -- I figure at the very least I can jot off a life list that -- should she choose to -- she can carry with her, as a reminder that she is not alone in her thoughts and her strength needs to come from within.

Growth Hormone Injections: Should I Subject My Son to Them?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I want to believe that our physical appearances don't reflect who we are and that those who will love and appreciate him will do so because of his spirit, his personality and his infectious grin.