All posts tagged: privacy

It Takes A Village To Raise These Kids

It takes a village to raise these kids – one of my favorite sayings. Today, I expanded my “village,” beyond those treasured and kindred souls — in my kids’ schools, in my neighborhood — and beyond my trusted friends and family. I had a live Twitter chat, as we chatted live (simultaneously – totally fun by the way), about all that was on our hearts and minds related to . . . . raising these kids. We “chatted” about when to have “the talk” with our kids, we talked about their first crushes (really, a cartoon character?), supporting our daughters at the onset of their first period, our tweens’ growing need for privacy (and our need to “keep them close”) and how we keep cooking and they’re still hungry. We talked about open door policies and the need to keep talking, listening, and . . . looking . . . for they’re growing up so fast. Wanna expand your village? We’re chatting again tonight. 8:30 pm EDT. Twitter. Just log in and enter #parentingtweens in …

Teens . . . And Their Space

Teens – and their growing need for space. We’re sure finding it in our home. We just “finished” our basement. Real walls, paint and everything. It was once a cellar, crammed with precious “stuff.” Needless to say, we are all thrilled. Especially my 13 year old. Did I mention we never see him? Sorta figured that might happen. Everything has its benefits and costs. He just . . . well . . . likes his space down there. He does occasionally come up. For snacks . . . and dinner . . . and such. You see the picture. It might even resemble your own. What is it with these teens and—their need for—privacy? Away from . . . us? As our teens develop, they need their privacy. It’s one of those developmentally appropriate things. They reach that stage, as they are growing and maturing…in so many different ways…that they want to be thought of as being mature, capable, and able to have some independence. They want us to trust them to be such, and …