How to Talk to Teenagers

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I have an exceptionally sweet and responsible 14-year-old son. Thankfully, I don’t have to nag him and use my "mommy voice" frequently. Unfortunately, he uses his teenage voice almost as infrequently as I use my mommy voice. My 12-year-old...
It’s almost spring, and in addition to the pollen, love is in the air. As mountain laurels beckon, some kids are nose-deep in Snapchatting their affection.   I admit to cringing inside when my sixth-grade daughter asked if it was...
"Cross your legs." "Don't raise your voice." "Behave like a lady." We tend to teach young ladies that proper etiquette requires that they not take up more space, attention, or energy than others around them. Are we effectively telling girls to be...

A Fortnite Primer

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These actual words might have been said in my house recently: “I dropped in outside of Greasy and popped a chest…the loot was good. There were bogies fighting over by the Durr Burger that I waited out... Then I...

Twelve-and-a-Half

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In six short months, you will step across the threshold from childhood to young adulthood. I will, no doubt, shed some tears over that crossing. But I’m not in a hurry. Until then, you are still 12 1/2 years...

An Ode to My Crappy First Car

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A five-speed hatchback, you came home from an auction with my frugal father. My sister snubbed her nose at you, but to my 15-year-old self, you looked like freedom. You gave me time to see how patient my father was....
High school was not a walk in the park for me. I wasn’t athletic, in band, or in pep squad. In my tiny Texas high school that meant you were definitely not in the "in" crowd. I made good...
ACMB is happy to partner with Lara Kilgore of Beyond Education to share her tips on college applications. This is a sponsored post.   Lara Kilgore is the founder and owner of Beyond Education, an education consulting company that offers...
School is out for the summer, and for teenagers everywhere this means more time to play video games. Yes, I roll my eyes and sigh at this too. But it is a part of teenage life, especially that of...

Cheesecake and Chaos

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There is a certain smell to summer that carries youthful nostalgia tied to adventure, good food, and friends. And when the wind is perfect, a jumble of happy and hilarious memories come back in an exhilarating rush, usually with...
Two days after graduating high school, I sat sullenly in the passenger seat of my mother’s car as we passed the city limits sign. I clutched my Walkman tightly, loudly blaring the mixtapes crafted for this trip. The handful...
Not long ago I was in the car with my teenagers. I let them have control of the sound system sometimes. When that happens, they play mostly the same songs over and over again. Among all kinds of music,...
This might just be the easiest party we’ve ever hosted. My son turned 12 earlier this year, and crummy weather foiled our original plans for his birthday party. In a semi-frantic state we brainstormed ideas for Plan B. There...
I am in the land of teens now. It is full of landmines and shocking discoveries that I've only begun to experience. Spring Break is one of those landmines. My 14-year-old is a danger to himself and my bank...

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Seven Reasons Why San Antonio Moms Love Costco and You Need...

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I could write an ode to all the ways I love Costco - and I'm not alone. It's a topic of conversation that seems...