A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Sunshine & Hurricanes: I Never Expected the Teenage Years to Be This Exhausting

“To put it simply, it’s bloody chaos. I had no idea how mentally exhausting the teenage years would be.”

NPR Ed: The ‘Overparenting’ Crisis In School And At Home

“We parents are overprotecting, overdirecting and doing a lot of hand-holding, ostensibly in furtherance of kids’ safety — physical, emotional — and security — emotional, academic, reputational, professional, financial. But also in furtherance of our own ego. Our kid becomes chronologically adult but still expects us to tell them what to do and how to do it, and is bewildered by the prospect of having to fend for themselves as an actual independent human. God help them when we are gone.”

Six Pack Mom: Board Games (I had…and played…all of these. Wait…I think we still do…)

“Someone’s dead. The game starts with someone being KILLED, violently, and the responsibility of figuring out who did it falls on your 8-year-old shoulders. No pressure there, huh? Oh, and they threw in some plastic/metal replicas of the murder weapons to really nail the concept down for you. You didn’t know what a conservatory was, but you knew someone broke a skull with a lead pipe in there.”

Live Strong: 10 Bad Habits to Ditch for Happier Life (Pretty good advice here.)

NY Times Opinion: A Nation of Weavers  (Food for thought…)