Browsing All posts tagged under »teenagers«

My Name Is Jasmine. I Sneak Boys in at 3 a.m….

November 29, 2012


As reported all over the US this past weekend, the article below is from the Daily Mail online. I looked and listened for a trace of dismay (other than the fake shock accompanied with a smile on Fox News) in the voices of television reporters, or the mention of child abuse. I didn’t find either. This is [...]

Teenager Island

November 16, 2012


On Teenager Island, rituals of bed and bath and books are no longer. All that remains of Unicorn-Lollipop-Toddler- Island, are ghosts of your children in the curls of a four-year old girl, or in the hand of a boy, hidden inside his father’s palm. When parenting on Teenager Island there are a few essential items: [...]

Imperfection, Democracy and Drones: My Kid Reminds Me

November 9, 2012


  Setting: Car, early am, before school drop-off. Radio goes on and on about election results. I’m feeling hopeful and buoyed by the elections. I forget I’m living with an angst-filled revolutionary, a kid who didn’t like either of his choices. The kid starts to talk, buzz-kill ensues. Gabe: Both sides are totally corrupt. Obama is more [...]

My Daughter Is Running For Class President–But Her Friends Aren’t Supporting Her

September 17, 2012


Our house is open to our friends. That of course, includes my children’s friends. Up until about today, my daughter’s life has been devoid of much of the girl drama we’ve discussed here at Femamom. I’ve liked to imagine that is because we have been welcoming to our children’s friends. Of course, that’s a ridiculous corollary and [...]

Detachment Parenting

May 16, 2012


Consider this a warning to all ya attachment parents, I was the woman on the cover of Time, in her skinny jeans, pert breast popping out of her tank top, future linebacker nursing on that pert breast… okay, I was never nearly as cute, but I nursed one kid until she was two and hiding [...]

Junior Prom: Mommy-Downer

May 9, 2012


  The afternoon before the prom there was a flutter of activity. I sensed the excitement from my office, knowing the prom was the source, I dug harder into my work. I would not be corrupted. Right about then, my daughter burst in, she’d  accompanied an older girlfriend to a tanning salon! A tanning salon?!? [...]

Commie Mommies, Yay!

April 18, 2012


The Feminist Breeder, Gina Crosely-Corcoran, told the world of women bloggers to stop bashing each other after a series of snarky commentaries about placenta eating, endless nursing and pre-chewing a baby’s food. I loved her post so much I’m going to lift an entire paragraph here: Because, seriously, what’s the point? I’m all for spreading [...]

My Beautiful Tattoo

April 11, 2012


  Heather@ThatUncomfortable Itch, wrote a piece about her fifteen year old daughter wanting a  tattoo for her birthday. She also wrote about the tenaciousness of a fifteen year old and the wily campaigns they can run when there is something they WANT: As fabulous as Cass is, she scares the hell out of me every [...]

Trayvon Martin

March 26, 2012


  Trayvon went out to buy Skittles and an ice tea. He was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on his way home. Zimmerman was told not to follow Trayvon (by 911 operator) but he did and claimed it was an act of self-defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested. My white, hoodie wearing teenage son [...]

Schools, Students & Guns

March 6, 2012


In Chardon, Ohio, T.J. Lane killed three classmates and injured two others on Febrary 27, 2012. I am always, and I’m sure I’m not alone, left wondering what provoked a child to take the steps to aquire a weapon and go berserk. A child doesn’t wake up one day,  and out of the blue decide [...]