When you’re a mom, you don’t really think about what demographic you fall into until you suddenly find yourself surrounded by younger moms.
That moment came for me during my youngest child’s last year of grade school. To avoid the usual minivan congestion, I had gotten into the routine of dropping off and picking up my daughter at the on the corner by the school. Because of this, I hadn’t actually interacted with any of the other moms for a while. But one adventurous day I decided to walk to the school, and as I waited on the playground for dismissal, I couldn’t help but notice all the new, dewy-faced mommies around me…
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Some kids ease into adolescence with very little fanfare while others seem to slam into it with such force they leave their parents feeling like roadkill on the interstate.
My son fell somewhere in between.
The first couple of years of teenagedom weren’t that shockingly different from his pre-teen years. Although he was definitely inching toward more independence, we still had our say over things like bedtime, clothing, and the amount of time he was on the computer. But as he spent more time texting his friends and killing Nazi zombies on the Xbox, and less time playing Rumicube with the family, I could see the innocent days of his childhood were coming to a close…
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