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    Speaking Your Teen’s Language

    There have been so many moments as a parent that I have to sit back and laugh at the irony of it all. While I’m steadily approaching middle age and somehow can’t ever remember where I put my car keys, I can still remember my teen years in vivid detail. Those years of friendships, experiences, and trends are tightly woven together in my memory. We were not much different from the teens of today. For decades, each generation of teens has adopted their own language that seems to be indecipherable to the common outsider. Not unlike remote tribal communities. Or an angry toddler. I distinctly remember moms in our generation…

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    Encouragement for Your Middle School Girl

    I’ve nearly reached the glorious stage of parenting where I no longer have a middle schooler. Middle school is that time in our lives that can feel like the ultimate fork in the road.  It’s make-it or break-it time. You’re morphing from a child into a mini-grown-up version of your future self. And that seems to be where the trouble comes in. Middle school is the “in between” years. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the “in between”. The “in between” is not always a lot of fun (in between jobs, in between moves, in between pant sizes (I’m looking at you, week-long vacation). However, there is no “in…