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Sweet Sixteen

Mom, can we give PRETTY GIRL a ride to the movies tomorrow?”



“Sure,” I responded absently, typing away on my computer.



I knew my son Josh had arranged for a group of friends to go see Toy Story 3 the next day and I often cart his friends around for their various social engagements, so I didn’t give his request another thought.



Until I was blow-drying my hair the next morning, that is.



You know how it goes. You’re… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on July 1, 2010 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Lasts

Have you ever noticed that parents tend to focus a lot on "firsts"?



We celebrate the first time our baby lifts his head.

The first time she rolls over.

The first word, first tooth, first step.



Then as they grow older, it's…



His first boy-girl party.

Her first dance.

First date, first zit (devastating!), first time behind the wheel of a car.



The other day, I was cleaning out my planner pockets and… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on May 18, 2010 at 8:20am — No Comments

Transitions

I've started going through pictures of my daughter from infancy up till now. Eighteen years worth. I’m doing this in preparation for the graduation party video I was going to create (now she is), and for the surprise scrapbook I'm making for her to take to college with her. (No longer a surprise because I accidentally mentioned it and now she keeps removing any pictures where she thinks she looks the least bit funny. Like this one: …



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Added by Holly Bowne on April 22, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments

Banning the Dictionary

I read a story a few weeks back about a school district in California pulling all copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary from its libraries because a parent complained the dictionary was being used to look up "age inappropriate" words by students. When I read this story I literally laughed out loud.



Banning the dictionary? Really?



Let me start by saying, I'm all for keeping things age appropriate. When our kids were younger, we were some of those weird parents…
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Added by Holly Bowne on March 17, 2010 at 6:13am — No Comments

Driving Lessons

It sounded like a good idea at the time.



I had read an article about these super-cool magnetic bumper stickers, CAUTION NEW DRIVER, and thought to myself. What a brilliant idea! Whenever I'm having my newly permitted child practice driving skills, I'll just slap it onto the back of the ol' van. Then all the other kindly drivers will be instantaneously aware and think to themselves, "Oh, look. How sweet, a new driver. I'll give him a nice, wide berth so he has plenty of room as he…
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Added by Holly Bowne on February 27, 2010 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Welcome to Suburbia: As the Neighbors Turn (Episode 2)

If you missed "Welcome to Suburbia: As the Neighbors Turn (Episode 1)" click here.



For the rest of you, if you recall, I left off in my story with the hand model who had just moved in behind us.



Well, I noticed whenever my hubs was outside working in the yard with the kids, the hand model would always come up to the fence for a chat or bearing an invitation to a pool party she…

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Added by Holly Bowne on February 12, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Scholarships

Once our daughter's high school play finished up in the fall, she tried unsuccessfully to get a job. You'd think retail shops would've at least been hiring temporary help in preparation for the holiday season. But, no.



So we decided that instead of looking for a job, her new job would be applying for college scholarships. Ideally, she's devoting around 10 hours a week—the same hours an outside-the-home part-time job would require—applying for scholarships.



Initially we… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on February 2, 2010 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Curfews

I had an epiphany this past Sunday night. I finally figured out why my parents gave me an 11:00 p.m. curfew when I was in high school.



Of course, at the time I thought it was SO annoying, and I vowed I'd never do that to my own kids when I had them. Everybody else had later curfews or even better, no curfew, but not me. Nope. I'd have to leave all the fun, head home and tiptoe into our quiet home where my mom would be waiting for me.… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on January 22, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

Let's Get Physical

When I posted the YouTube video of Miss Kitty a few days ago, it got me thinking about exercise and overall fitness in general. I've been feeling rather frustrated lately. This is due to the fact that I haven't been able to exercise. I mean really exercise, full out, for over three years.



Whenever I share this frustration with my friends, some of them look at me blankly. And others roll their eyes, "Uh, Holly, I'm perfectly happy not… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on January 16, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

How Can I Be the Parent of a Legal Adult?

Well, it's January 7th and as those who celebrated Epiphany yesterday can attest, the Christmas season is officially over. Sigh.



I cannot believe our baby girl turned 18 years old over the Christmas holiday. Actually on Christmas. If you haven't heard me mention this before, yes, our oldest daughter was born on Christmas Day.



Of course, she was born nine, long days past her due date. And I kept hoping and praying she would arrive… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on January 9, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Road Trip Revelations

Recently my hubby Chris and 15-year-old son Josh took a road trip across the state together. It was a long drive, and at one point Chris said to Josh, "I'm getting tired here, I need you to talk to me for a while."

Josh dutifully unplugged himself from his iPod and asked, "What do you want to talk about?"



"I dunno," Chris said yawning. "Um…why don't you tell me the first thing you'd like to do when you get your driver's… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on December 3, 2009 at 7:57am — No Comments

Gratitude Challenge - Day 7 Photograph

As part of the Gratitude Challenge, I was technically supposed to post this picture to my social network on Day 7, (I'm way past that!) but the important thing is that I've gotten it out here now, right? I took this photograph during our amazing family vacation to Hawaii three years ago. It inspires gratitude in me on several levels.

For starters, all my life I've wanted to see… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on November 25, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Texting - Walk the Talk

I got busted! With all my high and mighty talk about placing limits on my kids' texting habits, it appears I needed a reminder to follow my own rule.



We took our annual family trek to Frankenmuth, Michigan a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who've never heard of Frankenmuth, it's a super cool town known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria." It is also home to the uber-famous Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store. Bronner's unabashedly proclaims "the joy… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on November 17, 2009 at 6:58am — No Comments

Girls Fashion Trends: Too tight or too short, that is the question

My 15-year-old son was having a discussion with one of his best friends and her mother on the way home from a Halloween party a couple of weeks ago. They were discussing the issue of girls' Halloween costumes. When purchasing a pre-made costume, it appears that girls, from elementary school age up through teenagers, have a choice between form-fitting catwoman-type body suits, and the super-short-skirt variety.



They asked my son his opinion… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on November 10, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

Devastating News

I just received some devastating news. My son informed me he is not going trick-or-treating this year! It was bad enough when my daughter stopped.



I’m having déjà vu. This reminds me of how I felt when my daughter was 2-1/2 years old and I learned that naptimes didn’t last forever. Ridiculously, it had never occurred to me that my child would actually grow older and not require that down time any more—regardless of the fact that mommy still… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on October 20, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Walkabout

I took a walk in the woods on Saturday. All by myself. This may not sound like a big deal to some, but I’m—er, over 40 and have never taken a walk in the woods by myself before. As a family, we’ve done plenty of hiking all around the beautiful state of Michigan, as well as in several other states and countries. But on this particular day, my husband was out of town for work, and my kids were busy with their activities.



As I drove my son to… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on October 17, 2009 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Techie Teens

I recently read a blog article titled, “Controlling the Techie Tween,” by Gila Brown, parent coach, over at Mamapedia Voices.



I read with interest, her parental coaching tips regarding technology and tweens. She states, “While kids may not be able to articulate their need for gadgetry, parents need to understand and respect it. Trying to control the usage or censor the content, only serves to undermine the parent-child relationship.” And, “The bottom line is that trying to control… Continue

Added by Holly Bowne on September 25, 2009 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

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