I'm not a Scrooge. I'm a Mom and I know what's coming: the lists, the time-crunch, the "traditions"......
Bottom line - your kid is not going to Harvard. Or Yale. Or Princeton. It’s okay. You can face it. Honestly, you’ve probably had a sinking feeling that this may have been the case all along.
If she is between the ages 14 and 24, chances are she was hit on, flirted with, ogled, grabbed, demeaned or hooted at in the last month. These unwanted interactions are ubiquitous to adolescent girls and young women.
At this time of year, parents and young children may look tired, but teenagers tend to look sullen. I see the masks that teens wear, and I respect that. The life of a teenager is hard.
The truth is, nobody gets through middle school unscathed. Aware or not, the shame of exclusion is carried with us.
As a stay-at-home mom of 16-month-old twin boys, the pace of my day forced me to live in the moment.... When one is putting out fires, there is little time for self-reflection.
We grew up in between the era of free-love and the hook-up culture. Sex was always around us, but somehow couples had more time.