Something is happening in households all around the free world: the Fortnite invasion. Fortnite has taken over your wifi, your child's mind and if your kid had his/her way ... your wallet. There are tears over missed opportunities to complete challenges and elation over "skins" that have tomatoes for heads. Every conversation begins with "In Fortnite...." and carries on for an eternity, while parents are hearing the teacher's voice in the Peanuts cartoons. It's exhausting, but it's not all … [Read more...] about In Defense of Fortnite
Read Part Two HERE Teen Suicide Attempt: Day Three Our spirits rose when a familiar face walked through his hospital door. Over five years of IBD treatments, my son and this child life specialist had built a relationship. She heard he was in the hospital from the hospital clown, Ollie, who happened to find us in the critical care unit. The two of them chatted for a bit and then they played a game while I left to grab a coffee. We were waiting to hear when we would change units and she said she … [Read more...] about Teen Suicide Attempt: My Son was Suicidal (part 3 of 3)
Read Part 1 HERE Suicide Attempt: Day Two It was past midnight when my daughter texted that she couldn’t sleep. When I told her to sleep in my bed with Nana, she said she was afraid to wake her up. A text was sent to my mom and she went and got her granddaughter to comfort her through the night. I wished I could be everywhere. Around 4am my husband and I switched places. I tried to sleep but after an hour I gave up and returned to my son’s bedside. In the morning, his potassium was still low … [Read more...] about Suicide Attempt: My Son Was Suicidal (Part 2 of 3)
Teen Suicide Attempt: Day One He scraped the ice off the van window in the morning. It’s not something he usually does, not because he’s unkind but he has ADHD and the needs of others aren’t always at the forefront for him. I noticed the gesture and shared my gratitude, assuming he was responding to my many complaints of being too short to reach the center of the windshield. In hindsight, I believe it was a goodbye. When I picked him up from school he rambled on about his day and mentioned his … [Read more...] about Teen Suicide: My Son Was Suicidal and I Missed It (Part 1 of 3)
The debate about when to get your child the first cell phone is not a new one. I had the same decision to make with my oldest son over a decade ago, although his generation was among the first to have the privilege for cell phones before adulthood! My attitude about when it is okay and what I will allow has definitely changed over the years though. When my oldest was a teenager, I decided that he could have a cell phone when he could pay for it himself, and not before he was sixteen. Since he … [Read more...] about When is the right time to get your child a cell phone?
Tween and teen girls aren't ready to stop dressing up and going trick or treating but they don't want to look silly or immature either. So what can a girl do? Here are a few teen girl halloween costumes. The Mad Hatter We put this Mad Hatter costume together with finds from the thrift shop, a costume shop (the hat and tulle skirt) and our own closets. The end result was a one of a kind costume that worked in our cold climate. She felt quirky and confident going out in this! A Pirate or … [Read more...] about Halloween Costumes for Teen and Tween Girls