As my daughter prepares for her first year of middle school, I am having all sorts of feelings. There are moments when I am excited but anxious the next.
I want my daughter to enjoy and be successful in middle school. I have an opportunity to actively and positively guide and influence her experience.
Parenting older kids has a way of making parents feel as if they are alone. Research shows that parents of…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Disclaimer: I am a rookie at this.
True, this isn't my first time at the rodeo, my son will be 21 this year!
Raising a tween boy, however, does not compare to raising a tween girl.
At least not in my opinion.
Given that I am a rookie at this, I asked other moms who have done what I am currently doing.
I needed reassurance that I would survive with all my mental capacities intact. In other words, survive without anyone getting…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on June 10, 2017 at 12:51pm — No Comments
And you thought communicating with your ex was difficult when you were married to him/her!
You also thought that you would have limited communication with him now that you are no longer together.
In the digital age we live in, there are even apps to help you communicate with your ex.
My relationship with my ex, at the moment, has not caused me to need a digital…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on October 26, 2016 at 5:59pm — No Comments
Take a stroll down your local store's beauty aisle and you will see a multitude of products promising to remove dirt and oil, with the end result being a clean face.
All are probably great products (I’ve used a few of them in my day) but none are targeted to a specific group of 9 to 12-year-olds known as tweens.
By this age range, kids should have a skincare routine. No, not just one where they splash a few drops of water on their face…
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 16, 2016 at 10:17am — No Comments
So, she has entered double digits. The big 1-0!
With such power of being an official tween, comes great responsibility.
To help my tween on the road through puberty, I've been dropping little hints to make sure she is mindful of her changing body and how to care for it.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 6, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments
New backpacks are getting worn in.
The new shoes are a bit scuffed.
The mounds of paperwork are flowing in, your hand is probably tired from signing your name so much.
Right in the middle of the pile of paperwork is the notice for this year's Open House.
Ok, don't panic. This is a different year, new teacher and you have a new opportunity to get a new game plan for this year's Open House.
This year's open house is…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 5, 2016 at 5:18pm — No Comments
Growing up, Mother's Day was a day where I would make my mom a "gift" at school.
I didn't have the type of dad that would take us kids shopping to buy her a gift.
Mother's Day was a day where I would hand her the "gift" I made and the day was pretty much a…
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on May 6, 2016 at 6:49am — No Comments
Tween Girl turned 10!
If you have tweens, then you know how fickle they can be, especially when it comes to their birthday parties. In previous years, we have done small parties, classroom parties, movie parties, Chuck E. Cheese parties and big parties with family.
I was SUPER excited about this year's party because it involved things Tween Girl and I both love: Crafts!…
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on March 30, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments
Spring break for Georgia students runs a bit late or perhaps I am just anxious to get away.
Spring break for Tween Girl isn't until the first week in April, but it's never too early to start planning out her outfits and other items to pack.
This year's spring…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on March 15, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments
"Did you sign my agenda?"
"Where are my dance shoes?"
"I need money for the book fair!"
These are all questions that I have heard from Tween Girl as we walk out of the door during an already rushed morning.
With a little bit of preparation and patience (lots of patience), you can get out of the…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on March 4, 2016 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Was it arrogance or confidence?
She described it with words, such as "chest puffs", "pelvic thrusts" and "arrogant struts".…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on February 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
She raked leaves reluctantly.
She raced to be first to paint the freshly sanded picnic tables.
She felt empathy while packing food boxes for low income families.
These are a few things Tween Girl has experienced since we started family volunteering.
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on January 12, 2016 at 6:49am — 1 Comment
Christmas trees. Christmas presents. Christmas custody?
When a couple with children are no longer together, the couple has to decide who will have the children during the holidays. There are some who may celebrate the holidays together in hopes of creating a peaceful holiday for the children. There are others, like me, who are not in a true co-parenting relationship. …Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on December 16, 2015 at 9:35pm — No Comments
Buying for an in between aged tween has it's moments. Not sure if it's the fault of tweens, you know, puberty and all. With Christmas only a few weeks away, here's my take on some suitable stocking stuffers for tween girls.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on December 3, 2015 at 7:36pm — No Comments
Tis the season to be grateful, fa-la-la-la...
Or bah humbug!
This past year has been a series of tests after tests.
As we enter the holiday season, I am reflecting on everything that's happened this past year: health concerns for both my husband and myself, having Tween Girl gone for an entire month during the summer, College Boy being back home for the summer. All of those things were a handful, I made it through the…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on November 25, 2015 at 9:10am — 1 Comment
It all started with the Tooth Fairy.
I am lousy at playing the part.
I forget to put the money underneath her pillow.
My latest scene involved me leaving the tooth, which was in a sandwich bag, in the laundry room!
Since when does the Tooth Fairy do laundry? A girl can wish...
This latest spectacle got me to thinking about, not only the Tooth Fairy, but the Tooth Fairy's other friends. You know them, Santa Clause, and…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on November 17, 2015 at 6:09am — 2 Comments
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on November 10, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments
We are not those folks.
Those folks who are divorced, have kids and that can actually mumble a "hello" to each other and actually mean it.
Those folks who are divorced, remarried and invite each other over to the kids birthday parties.
We are not those folks.
What happens when you are divorced with kids and must have a relationship with your…
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on November 3, 2015 at 5:51am — 2 Comments
Crying at the kitchen table.
Papers sprawled everywhere.
Way pass our bedtimes.
No, it's not tax season.
It's me trying to help my tween with her homework.
Well, that used to be me.
I have my limits and knew that this wasn't…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on October 14, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments
You know that newborn baby scent?
Yeah, that scent that lives under those rolls of fat under their necks.
If you're the mom of a baby, savor that smell because it eventually leaves their body. And leaves you reaching for the FeBreeze.
Moms of tweens, you already know what I am talking about.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on October 7, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments