Think Twice Before Renting a Car Seat on Vacation

You've done all the planning and spending, and you're finally embarking on a much-needed family vacation. You've even reserved a rental car with a car seat for baby, so that you don't have to lug yours. So smart! Unless it's not, of course. While rental car companies offer infant and toddler car seats as an "added convenience" (and at an additional charge, of course), it turns out that the reality may be worse than you could've possibly imagined. ...more
robinnixon My husband, my then 3 year old boy and I went to Germany last summer, to Frankfurt, ...more

Wrapping Up Learning Disability Awareness Month With Executive Dysfunction Awareness

We're coming to the end of October, which I know means that most folks with kids are thinking about Halloween. But did you know that October is National Learning Disability Awareness Month? ...more
Wonderful article, as always, Mir!more

Children's Place Learns The Hard Way That "Math Is Hard" Is Over

Well this week certainly started off with a bang in the back-to-school clothing world -- The Children's Place, purveyor of popular yet affordable clothes for kids, experienced a huge wave of backlash as news spread across the 'net that they were selling a girls' shirt that may as well have said, "Math is haaaaaard." Watching the indignation unfold on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs was equal parts entertainment and "please stop the planet, I want to get off." There was something else, too. There was a little... deja vu. Haven't we already been through this? ...more
I am blushing and looking for an edit button as I just realize I committed my own worst pet ...more

Rape Turned to Bullying: What Your Teen Needs to Know From You

Earlier this year, a gang rape in Steubenville, Ohio and the subsequent victim-shaming became national news while "Jane Doe" was bullied and received death threats. By the time the horrific series of events relating to the gang rape, bullying, and subsequent suicide of Nova Scotia's Rehtaeh Parsons became national news, she was gone and we were left to wonder if two horrible stories are just the beginning of a disturbing new trend in teen violence. Parents everywhere held their children a little tighter, grappling with the notion that a sexual assault might not be the worst thing that could befall a teen -- thanks to this digital age, attacks may potentially be recorded, shared, and somehow normalized in a way that revictimizes all over again (and over and over and over again). ...more
Good list.  So sad that it is necessary, right?more

2013 Day of Silence: Teens Go Silent For LGBT Equality

This Friday, April 19th, my daughter and some of her friends won't be uttering a single a word. For a whole day, they won't say anything at all. Is this some sort of parent-of-teens pipe dream come true? Not exactly; it's the 2013 Day of Silence. Does refusing to talk for a day change anything? This is an event designed to build awareness, so it's hard to measure cause and effect directly, of course. ...more
What a beautiful post. Thanks for writing.more

Why (and How) I Helped My Teen Dye Her Hair Purple

I'm a strict parent; I expect you to keep your room clean, try your hardest, do chores around the house, speak to others with respect, cover up your underwear/bra straps, and accept "Because I said so" on the rare occasions when that's the only explanation I'm offering. Only one of my teens has a cellphone -- a "dumb" one, at that -- and she pays for her own texting. No one accuses me of being permissive. And yet, my kids are free to do pretty much whatever they like with their hair. ...more
I completely agree!! Parenting is all about picking your battles and hair isn't a big deal. Her ...more

More than Valentine's Day: Everyday Love Notes for My Teen

I have never been a fan of Valentine's Day; it's always felt manufactured and forced to me. Isn't the whole point of loving someone that you let them know, y'know, kind of all the time? Why is a specific day needed to let someone know you care? (Or, alternatively, to let those people who maybe don't feel as loved as they wished feel even more alone and alienated than usual?) I got to thinking about this a little while ago as I considered the holiday, and the fact that for the first time, I'm not with my daughter for it. ...more
Love. Thanks for inspiring me to do the same. Even if it's a text.. our VDay sucked yesterday ...more

Debunking the "Terrible Teen" Myth: I Love Teenagers

If every parent of cherubic toddlers had a nickel for every time some well-meaning person chuckled and said, "Just wait until they're teenagers!," those parents would still be annoyed, but they'd also be filthy rich. For whatever reason, there is nothing more-seasoned parents love to do to new(ish) parents than warn them that someday, their beautiful babies will be teens -- and the implication is that this is a fate worse than death. ...more
Amen.  finally someone else who adores their teenagers.  I have two daughters 15 and 17 years ...more

Can Autism Be Outgrown?

I am a parent to a teenager with Asperger's. Er, wait, excuse me -- thanks to the recent DSM revisions, I'm not supposed to say that anymore (even though my son strongly self-identifies as an "Aspie"). I am a parent to a teenager with high-functioning autism. As you might expect, I read a lot of articles about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), the various quackery that runs amok in the autism world, etc. ...more
It's only when you get to experience it yourself, you just won't agree that one can actually ...more

Missing Before: What Happens When Your Teen Is Suffering from Acute Mental Illness

Once upon a time I believed that if I loved the stuffing out of my kids and worked only part time... or stopped working entirely... or worked from home... to better afford me the time and space to pack their lunches and do their laundry and tell them to put their stuff away and remind them that I love them beyond measure, the road might be a little bumpy, but it would be okay. I would be a good mother and they would be happy and healthy. That was a good idea. What we knew, the first time Chickadee got sick, was that she seemed unable to shake off a recent strep infection. ...more
I too lived under the illusion that if I loved the stuffing out of my son, quiet my job, worked ...more