You know that adage “the days are long but the years are short?” My kids are in middle school, and that seems truer every passing day. Finding time to slow down and connect can be such a challenge. One...
Recently, my husband and I have taken up time travel in an attempt to convert our basement playroom's past to a future hangout for our teens. It’s an agonizing process—every childhood toy, book, stuffed animal, board game and picture...
A child’s miraculous growth is a subject of wonder for all mothers. It begins with pregnancy and charges forth in a flurry of firsts: First time sleeping through the night, first birthday, first steps, first words, the first day...
It's important that we let our guards down and have an honest conversation about the more controversial parts of parenting—things like leaving kids home alone. It always benefits us to consider other perspectives. Even better is the opportunity to...
Sometimes as a mom, I can feel 13 all over again: awkward, unprepared, and embarrassed. When my daughter started middle school, we made the decision to send her to a school that was located in the next neighborhood over,...
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Surviving Puberty… Again

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My first and only child is currently deep in the throes of puberty. For my daughter, it started around age 8 and will end by the time she’s 14, as it does for most girls. I knew puberty was...
The summer before my daughter's freshman year of high school, at marching band camp, we got an early education we weren't expecting.  We learned that a combination of teens, cell phones and nude pics could result in pornography charges. ...
When my son was 16 years old, he threatened to blow up his school. He spent a few days in a mental health hospital, then was sent back to me. Still broken. Still confused. And still needing help. We,...
Once, I saw a bumper sticker on a minivan while I was in the school drop off lane. It simply said, “I used to be cool.” Oh, mama... I feel the exact same way most days. And I was cool...
Like midnight ghosts, we hide in our cars, trade secrets at night, and text when no one is looking. We are the parents of teens.  We are invisible. It doesn’t happen overnight. We slowly start to disappear when middle school begins....

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The Colorado Springs Guide to Pediatric Therapy

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When your child needs specialized care, searching for a provider can seem like a daunting task. The Colorado Springs Guide to Pediatric Therapy will...