Big Kid Parenting

We’re way past potty training. Parenting my teen and nearly-tween.

Tween Book Recommendations That Don’t Suck

Is it me, or has the book selection for tween readers gotten really good since we were kids? When I was growing up, the genre pickings were slim. You made a huge leap from kid books to adult books kind of quick. There are some classics, like “Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood,” The Little House series, and […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Big Kid Parenting|2 Comments

What’s a Sinsta and Why Should You Care?

Girl Child came to me the other day and asked if she could get a “Sinsta.” I thought, “What the hell is a Sinsta?”
The Current Social Media Rules
She doesn’t get an account without permission from me. End of story. No exceptions. Yes, EVEN IF she already has an account on the social media platform in […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Growing Up Girl Child|0 Comments

LG Wireless Tone Headphones REVIEW: Back To School with Bluetooth

AT&T Wireless was kind enough to give me a pair of LG Wireless Tone headphones for review. Thank you, Andy Colley (@AndythePRguy) 
Bluetooth and Back To School
I’ve always looked at Bluetooth headphones and wondered how they would work, if I could run with them, and if they might be helpful for Girl Child in her school […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Girl Child, News and Reviews|0 Comments

Wisdom From My Father: The 3 Times You Call 911 (Or Your Parents)

My dad is a retired oral surgeon. He turned 80 late last year, but he worked part time as an adjunct professor of oral surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University until December. He golfs every chance he gets. Gets his favorite coffee everyday at Starbucks because he can. He’s livin’ the dream now.

Every year he […]

By |June 21st, 2015|Big Kid Parenting|0 Comments

The Shift

When our daughter was born and we discovered she had a craniofacial birth defect, it was earth shifting. Everything I knew and thought I knew changed. I recall not truly realizing what it meant. She was born without an ear canal or outer ear, a craniofacial birth defect called Atresia/Microtia. What is this? What does this mean?

The […]

By |April 26th, 2015|Girl Child, Marriage|1 Comment

The Pencil Test: Conversations With Girl Child

Girl came to me recently and said, “Mom, I don’t think I’m fit.” My jaw dropped. She is an active, healthy, average 12 year old.

“Why don’t you think you’re fit?”

“Because I did the Pencil Test.”

The Pencil Test
What’s the pencil test? I won’t go into to detail because I want to respect my child’s boundaries – if you […]

By |March 20th, 2015|Girl Child|0 Comments

Continuing Conversations: Growing Up Girl Child

There were several ongoing topics I wrote about over on Random Thoughts. I plan on still writing about them here. The main ones? Growing Up Girl Child, my dealings with depression, fitness and food, and funny conversations I have with my kids.

I’ll start with Growing Up Girl Child. I’ve been writing about the issues we’ve seen arise as our daughter has transitioned into tween-nearly-teenhood. […]

By |March 15th, 2015|Big Kid Parenting|0 Comments

Growing Up Girl Child: My First Instagram Account

I finally gave in. Yep. Girl Child is now the proud owner of her very first instagram account. Seeing as she’s in seventh grade, SubHub and I second guessed ourselves on this one quite a bit.
And So It Begins
Instagram? We’re in new parenting territory. I made the decision when I started blogging in 2007 that I […]

By |March 15th, 2015|Big Kid Parenting, Girl Child, Growing Up Girl Child|1 Comment

Growing Up Girl Child: Mood Swings

Mood Swings. The Bain Of Our Existence.
Ah, mood swings. A female rite of passage. One minute you’re fine, the next minute, you’re bawling for no apparent reason. It feels weird to be crying for no reason, so you make one up. That way you appear less insane.

This happened a few mornings ago. She poured herself some cereal […]

By |March 14th, 2015|Big Kid Parenting, Girl Child, Growing Up Girl Child|0 Comments

Growing Up Girl Child: Body Image

“Media Literacy” is a buzz term around OpEd pieces that discuss the raising of girls. I’ve been watching and learning about it for a few years now, lying in wait for the day that Girl Child begins to turn inward and worry about things like her looks, what she’s wearing, when she’ll be developing, etc. […]

By |March 14th, 2015|Big Kid Parenting, Girl Child, Growing Up Girl Child|0 Comments