Tag: teens

The Four People Who Live at My House that I’ve Never Met

The Four People Who Live at My House that I’ve Never Met

The longer that I am a parent, the more I am convinced that there are people – children specifically – who live in my house that I’ve never even met before. No, it’s not because of the endless supply of laundry that seems to come […]

The Mother-Son Dance

The Mother-Son Dance

“I love you, Mom” he says as he wraps me up in a hug, my gigantic, 14 year-old, 6-foot tall man-child.  I lay my head on his shoulder, then, and say, “I love you, too, son.  Have a great day.  Make good choices.”  Then he […]

Words.  What Can Our Kids Control?

Words. What Can Our Kids Control?

Picture this scenario.  Kid A teases Kid B in an off the cuff, flippant manner.  Kid B, who has been having a hard day to start with, bites Kid A’s head off.  For reasons Kid A can’t even begin to understand, what started as joke […]

Don’t Limit Your Dreams, Kiddo.

Don’t Limit Your Dreams, Kiddo.

Hey there, my oldest.  My firstborn.  How is it possible that you are a senior in high school already?  Is it super cliche of me to ask where the time has gone?  Probably.  That’s OK, though, because I’m going to ask myself that very question […]

I think I’m having a midlife confusion.

I think I’m having a midlife confusion.

Hi.  I’m Beth.  I’m 42 years old and I am not having a midlife crisis.  A midlife confusion, though?  Yeah, that sounds about right. See, I’m in this really weird stage of life right now and, frankly, it has confused the hell out of me.  […]

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

My oldest son has been a licensed driver for four months now.  I am almost over the shock of it. Believe me, it will still occasionally take me by surprise when he suggests that he run an errand for me or something.  For instance, I’ll […]

Roxette and Radio Nostalgia

Roxette and Radio Nostalgia

Isn’t it funny how you can be driving along, minding your own business, when a song will come on the radio and knock you back about 30 years? Yep.  That happened to me this morning. So, there I was, just hanging out in my minivan […]

Text Me When You Get There

Text Me When You Get There

…and other things I say to my sons that they don’t pay attention to. I love having teenage sons. Yep.  I said it.  Go back and reread it if you need to.  Adjust your glasses; blink a few times.  I promise you read that right.  […]

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

My Kids are Mine, But They’re Not Me

Our oldest son can play at least 4 different instruments.  I can’t play a single one. My second son is an absolute crack up with a sharp wit and quick sense of humor.  I’m never quite as speedy with a clever comeback. Our older daughter […]

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

I recently Googled “parenting teens” just to see what would come up. To my complete lack of surprise, here are some of the articles that popped up on the first page: Dealing with Difficult Teens 5 Mistakes Parents Make with Teens A Parent’s Guide to […]