Tag: teens

So this is our new normal now, huh?

So this is our new normal now, huh?

It’s official.  We’ve been “safer at home” for a solid month now and coronavirus can kiss my ever-increasingly-insane behind.  This “new normal” is pretty much crazy.  My kids started spring break on March 12 and haven’t been back to school since.  Around the same time, […]

Here’s to the Parents of the Class of 2020

Here’s to the Parents of the Class of 2020

I won’t mince words with you.  Coronavirus stole my son’s high school graduation from him and it sucks.  But it also stole graduation from us as his parents, from his friends and their families, and from their amazing teachers.  What in the actual world, people?!  […]

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.  […]