The Things I Want You to Know When Boys Arrive on the Scene

boys

Boys are on the scene at my house. Not my boys, other peoples’ boys. The kind of boys that 12-year-old girls notice, and talk about, and giggle over. Those kind of boys. I know all about this from the boy side, but this is my first time with […]

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How to Help Our Messy Kids

Messy Kids

You know that kid who has a messy room, backpack, locker? Who loses important papers, books, sports equipment? Who could have straight A’s…if only they remembered to turn in assignments, to bring home their homework, to use their planner?!?!?!? I have two of those kids.  Having a messy […]

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How to Get a (Sorta) Clean House

Cleaning house

This post is from last year, but it bears repeating. This fun system makes cleaning the house painless and fun every single time. Now I just have to remind my kids… Let’s face it.  The house has to be cleaned – even though we are on break, even though […]

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Where Are You Applying to College?

Applying to College

Don’t ever ask a high school senior (or his mother) where he is applying to college. Just don’t. I’ve been through three senior years, so far, which means that I’ve been asked this question at least a million times. Since I try hard to overcome my lower nature, […]

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I left my kids in carpool…and I’d do it again.

Left kids in carpool

I had been sitting in a hot August afternoon carpool for 27 minutes, watching – watching other moms sitting in carpool, watching the post-practice huddle, watching those other moms’ kids trickling down the sidewalk to waiting cars, watching the clock, watching for my two oldest sons to emerge […]

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Do you do all the talking?

college orientation

I was glad I wasn’t up to the blow dry yet because the scene I was witnessing was too crazy to not be able to overhear. A mother had accompanied her soon-to-be-college freshman son to the beauty salon, went with him to the stylist’s chair, and proceeded to tell the […]

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