Is the baby of the family doomed to be spoiled?
My son was much younger than his two sisters, ages 12 and 9. Because of the significant age difference, I would often ask my daughters to please just, “Give it to the baby” when the three of them argued over games, treats, TV programs, etc. It seemed simpler to let him have what he wanted, especially if I was in the middle of making dinner or on my way out the door. But...
The months leading up to high school graduation can be a bittersweet time for parents whose children are heading off to college in the fall.
There is much excitement with college acceptance letters, proms, graduations and parties. But parents can also be filled with sadness at the thought of their child leaving home and that chapter of their family life coming to a close.
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Years ago, I received my first iPod as a birthday gift. My 12-year-old daughter had gotten one a few months earlier and asked if I wanted her to program mine. It was a sweet offer and I accepted.
You know the old proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”? Well, my daughter gave me that first fish, and today I remain technologically impaired
When you think “suburban mom,” you probably picture a woman wearing Lululemon pants carrying a travel coffee mug and driving a minivan so she can kick ass at carpool. Me, I try to change out of the workout pants by noon, but I do make sure to I stop at Dunkin Donuts mid-afternoon and I have been in a lot of carpools (but I drive an SUV—just saying!).
When carpools work, they can be fantastic—good for you, good for your kids, and even good for the environment. But a bad carpool is worse than no carpool at all.
My 14-year old son came into the kitchen a few weeks ago and asked, “Who is Harvey Weinstein and what did he do that was so bad?” It was only 7 a.m. and I hadn’t even finished my first cup of coffee. I had no idea how to respond to his question.
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It all started with a simple question. My son wanted to know what my favorite television show on Nickelodeon was when I was a kid. I told him that there was no Nickelodeon. He was stunned.
“No Nickelodeon?” he replied, both shocked and alarmed, “I feel bad for you.”
But he hadn’t heard the worst of it. I then shared with him all the other simple pleasures that I grew up without.
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In just a few weeks, my daughter will turn 18 years old. In the eyes of the world she will officially be an adult, even though she will always be my child.
I have had 18 years to raise her and I think I did a pretty good job.But as the days tick down until she’s all grown up, I’ve started to wonder if I really have instilled the life lessons she needs to be successful. My dear daughter, here are the 18 things I hope I’ve taught you in your 18 years of childhood.