Puberty Resource Page

Puberty can be a confusiong time for kids and parents. You'll feel a lot better about the process if you know what to expect. This section is really intended for teens and tweens but talk to your parents before reading too far. In fact, you'll get more out of this page if you look at it with your parents! Puberty Nuts and Bolts Sign Boys Girls Earliest Sign Genitalia get bigger … [Read more...]

Puberty: The Final Frontier

Puberty - the final frontier. These are the voyages of our tweens and teens*. Their 5-ish year mission: to become independent while their body is changing inside and out, to boldly go where every tween and teen in history has gone before! Just like Captains Picard and Kirk on Star Trek, we encounter aliens daily as our kids evolve through puberty. Those aliens are none other than our teens and … [Read more...]

Kids and Peer Pressure

Our summer has had some interesting moments. Summer camp had barely begun before our 9 year old daughter threw us a curve ball. “Mom, J is going to sleep away camp this year. You HAVE to let me go next year – otherwise I’ll be the only 5th grader in the entire world not going.” I have to say, while she’s been somewhat of a pneumatic drill on the topic this summer, watching her try to convince us … [Read more...]

Are They Old Enough – Can My Tween Stay Home Alone?

The ultimate goal of childhood is to become independent, self-sufficient adults. Deciding when it’s time to let our children spread their wings is often a challenge. Over this past year my family has confronted a great many of these decisions as my daughter approached her 10th birthday and started asking to stay home alone for short spurts while we carpooled younger siblings. It is in these … [Read more...]