Back to School and Raising an (Almost) Teen in Unprecedented Times

This is not your typical back-to-school blog post. In September 1987, I started my seventh grade year in middle school. My biggest worry was whether I’d be able to handle being placed in GATE classes (gifted and talented education, GT, advanced classes, as they’re called). Spoiler alert: I did well in nearly all the subjects; […]

Let’s Talk About What’s Not Talked About: Parenting in the Tween Years

When I started this blog, Sophie was a mere 2-years-old. I wrote about all those new milestone moments of motherhood,  like going from the crib to a toddler bed, saying goodbye to the baby monitors, birthday celebrations, first days of school, how I got her to stop sucking her thumb, struggles with shoe shopping, her […]

And in a Moment, a Volume Closes and a New Book Begins

Today is a bittersweet day. It’s Sophie’s last day of fifth grade; her last day of elementary school. She’s now officially a sixth grader, bound for middle school in August. Some days, it feels like just yesterday she started kindergarten. Or her first day of third grade, which was her first at a new school […]

My Adventures as a Generation X Parent Raising an iGeneration Kid

I am a proud member of Generation X. I was born in 1975, making me 43-years-old. My formative years were the late 1980s and early 90s. I graduated high school in 1993. At that time, technology in my house consisted of an Apple IIE computer and the Oregon Trail. The Internet was still years away […]

Welcome to 5th Grade

Last week Sophie started fifth grade. Fifth grade. The last year of elementary school. I don’t remember crying when Sophie started kindergarten. Maybe because by that time, she already completed three years of preschool. But for some reason, starting fifth grade was tough for me. I think because it symbolizes the end of an era; the […]

Parenting: A Daily Lesson in Failure

There’s a scene in one of my favorite television shows, “The Killing,” where the main character, Sarah Linden, describes the never-ending cycle of failure and success that is being a police officer. You try, but you have go to home at night, worried you didn’t do enough; maybe you missed something. You fail every day, […]

The Day the Magic Died: December 26, 2016

Last year’s Christmas was the same as the years before. On Christmas Eve, Sophie left cookies, milk and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer and went to sleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in her head. She woke early the next morning (aka woke us early the next morning) and rushed downstairs to open […]

Welcome to 4th Grade

When I sat down to create my annual first day of school photo collage, I realized this was Sophie’s eighth first day of school. While she just started fourth grade, I’ve been documenting her first days since she entered preschool at 2 years old (turning 3)! I love seeing how she’s grown and her changing […]

Painting Rocks and Creating Little Moments That Matter

There’s a line of dialogue from the movie “20th Century Women” that struck me when I first heard it, and continues to stay with me today. Annette Bening says to a friend of her teenage son: “You get to see him out in the world, as a person. I never will.” I think about this […]