"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

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

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

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

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...

The Art of the College Essay

Like many other families with a high school senior, ours is in the midst of the college application process. This means my hubby and I are nagging our senior to do all the things applying for college entails. Right...

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If I could have one mommy superpower, it would be the ability to see into the future. If I knew what hills and valleys awaited, perhaps I could better prepare you for them. Perhaps. It's hubris to think that...

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Where to See the Best Holiday Lights in San Antonio

One of my favorite memories from childhood is getting in the car, cranking up the holiday music, and driving around with my family as...

Saddle Up and See Santa