GrowingUp 

A firstborn goes to kindergarten

Yesterday, I took my five-year-old for a back-to-school haircut. She'd decided she'd had enough of her long, straight hair and wanted a chin length bob. At home it seemed like a good idea, but when the stylist lifted her scissors to cut off that firs...

Summer camp -- parents get "kid-sick"

A friend recently sent her 11-year-old off to camp. "I'm really going to miss him," she sniffed. I tried to be empathetic, but I was too busy daydreaming about what I'd do with seven whole days to myself. I knew that if it was me putting my kids on t...

Are mama's boys for real?

I don't know about in this country, but in Italy apparently they are. Of all the fears I have for my son, perhaps the one that gets to me the most is that I will turn my son into a mama's boy. Is there anything I want more than to keep my son around...

Big kid milestones

All of my kids are pretty naive and innocent when it comes to the opposite sex. They talk to girls and there have been light crushes, but nothing earth shaking.............yet. However, this week the twelve year old came home from an out-of-town bas...

When are they old enough to watch Star Wars?

Over the past few months, my daughter has become obsessed with Star Wars. Whenever she gets bored in the car, at home, or on a walk, she asks me to tell her about Princess Leia and her Rebel friends in their fight against Darth Vader and the Empire. ...

May The Force be with you

It's finally getting colder in Austin. Yesterday Edan and I got out of the car and strolled through some random neighborhood, just to be outside in it. She kept complaining about the wind, but didn't want to go inside -- the gusts of chilly air...

When your 30-year-old son won't move out

Normally I don't read advice columns, because the "advice" is usually so general, and so obvious, that I highly doubt it's at all helpful for the poor, beleaguered person who's struggling with a real-life problem that has no easy answers. However, I'...

Another one rides the bus

Well, today was the day. We got up bright and early and Ellie started first grade at her new school. She was so excited, not only to be going to a new school, but to be riding the school bus for the first time. My husband and I had gone back and fort...

Endings and beginnings

It seems like just last week I wrote about Ellie's last day of kindergarten. We were both so sad that day, crying together in the back seat of my car. Next week, she starts first grade at a new school - and this time I am the only one who is feeling ...

Free at last, free at last

For the past couple years, Sara has been taking acrobatics classes and swim lessons every week. Due to her age, these were classes where I had to run around the gym, roll about on the floor, and skip in circles singing inane songs. In swim class, I h...

Compelling photo essays shows shift of youth

I landed in my old city yesterday, and met my best friend Carrie at the airport. "He has changed incredibly in the last two months,"she said,"He's such a little boy!" When we see our kids everyday it's difficult to perceive the small changes: the wid...

Learning to let my baby grow up,even if he's no longer a baby

I have recently been going through the process of helping my son, Loren, enroll in high school. We began by looking at all of the high schools in our area. He then went through tutoring and took the SSAT's. He toured about four different schools, met...

What will they be when they grow up?

For a brief period when I was a child, I was certain I wanted to be an actress when I grew up. Specifically, a British actress with blond hair. Considering the fact that I am a brunette from Texas, that was a pretty unrealistic goal. But some of my i...

Missing the child my daughter used to be

As Christy was growing up, there were times when I would feel overwhelmed by sadness, missing the little child she used to be. As much as I loved this new, older version of my girl, I yearned to be with that three year old again. It felt as if I had ...

Losing the nickname for the sake of the teen

My kids have always had a few nicknames, none of them have been too horrible so they have stuck throughout the years. However, with the arrival of Devon and his grasp, or lack of it, on language. we have all acquired a new set of names. In honor of T...

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