Teenagers

Learning To Drive…Again

March 23, 2016
A typical speed limit sign in the United State...

Here we go again! Middle Dude turned 16 this past January, which meant we once again have a dude in the house learning to drive. The first time around, when Big Dude got behind the wheel, I thought I was going to be terrified, but as you may recall, it wasn’t as harrowing an experience as […]

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The College Tour Season Begins

March 15, 2016
English: Outside of the Allegheny College Admi...

Spring break for some means relaxing at home, or skiing, or perhaps a trip to a tropical island. But, if you’ve got a high school junior at home, spring break can also mean it’s time to start touring colleges. Maybe not the dream vacation of sipping margaritas under the palm trees that you hoped for, […]

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Self-Balancing Scooters: Good, Bad, or In-Between?

December 7, 2015
Matilda & the scooter

Unless you’ve been locked away from the world these past six months, you’d know that electric self-balancing scooters are the “IT” mode of transportation among the teen and tween set. (And, no our dog Matilda pictured at the left, has not learned to ride it…yet). Little Dude had been begging for one for months, but […]

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One Less Dude In The House

September 22, 2015
English: View of Anderson Hall at Asheville Sc...

Well, it finally happened: My first Dude has left the nest. As you may recall, Big Dude has chosen to go to boarding school for his remaining time in high school. He found the right fit school, for both his academic and athletic development. In the weeks leading up to his departure, my Facebook newsfeed […]

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The Dreaded Summer Job

August 18, 2015
Meatballs III: Summer Job

Anybody who follows me on Facebook may have noticed this past summer that I’d occasionally receive comments or messages on my Wall from Big Dude that made it seem as if he was being held captive at a job in New Hampshire. Yes, he claimed to be miserable, that he wanted to come home early, […]

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Big Dude Turns 18…With A Special Gift From Me

August 6, 2015
Letter

Well, I did it. For anyone who’s been reading my blog from the early days (anyone? anyone?), you may recall the post where I divulged that I’ve been writing letters to my three boys since they were little. My plan was/is to write about their milestones, as well as fun times they may have already […]

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Lie Flat On The Lawn

May 26, 2015
North lawn

Two days ago, I found out that one of my childhood friends had suddenly passed away, shortly after her 50th birthday. She was one of those friends that was an important part of my growing up years. As we entered middle school, we drifted apart, but still remained friends or at least “friendly” through high […]

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The “Right Fit” School

April 28, 2015
English: Coat of arms of Hogwarts, the fiction...

The college acceptance frenzy has recently ended. Most high school seniors can breathe a collective sigh of relief, assuming they are going where they intended to go, be it college, a gap year, or a trade school. While their first (or second or even third) choice college may have crushed them with a rejection, they […]

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College Prep: “Stay Away From The Other Moms”

December 9, 2014

#860789 / gettyimages.com “Stay away from the other moms.” Sounds harsh, right? Actually, I agree with it, at least within the context which it was said. You see, that advice was given to me by Big Dude’s ACT tutor recently. We were discussing the stress and pressure of the infamous junior year in high school and […]

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Big Dude Is Learning To Drive…Everyone Take Cover!

March 4, 2014
New Drivers

Big Dude turned 16 a few months ago, that magic age where they go from passenger to driver-in-training. And that means one thing and one thing only: Pass the V-A-L-I-U-M. I give myself credit for doing one thing right. I enrolled him in a driver’s education class right away. In NY state, you can take […]

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10 Benefits To Having Teen Boys

May 21, 2013
Français : Affiche de la série Teenagers

Gone are the days when I was chasing my three active boys around the playground, or wiping their chocolatey mouths or their cute, little butts. Although two of my three boys are now teenagers, my house is still chaotic, dirty and noisy with a large dose of testosterone pulsing through it. Still, there are times […]

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