Mallory Connelly

Is Your Pre-Teen Ready to Stay Home Alone?

Is Your Pre-Teen Ready to Stay Home Alone?

Whether it's a snow day home from school, an unexpected business meeting, or a childcare arrangement that fell through, there probably will be times when I’ll need to leave my child home alone. It's natural for parents to worry when first leaving kids without...

Do My Children Really Hate Each Other?

Do My Children Really Hate Each Other?

One of my most cherished dreams as a mom is that my children should be the best of friends. To see them fighting, grabbing each other's toys or constantly bickering and squabbling can be a distressing and bewildering experience. On the other hand, when my children get...

Should Parents Actually Spend So Much on Youth Sports?

Should Parents Actually Spend So Much on Youth Sports?

My 12-year-old, Cohen, is supposed to be practicing juggling his soccer ball. Instead, he’s playing catch with the dog. “Juggle,” I yell. “I’m not paying all this money for soccer if you’re not going to practice.” A Love, Hate Relationship with Practice Don’t get me...

Keeping Up with the Lingo

Keeping Up with the Lingo

Nothing makes you feel older than listening to preteens speak. From eye rolls, grunts and slamming doors to unexpected hugs, tweens and teens are hard to predict and understand at times. They are talking slang and the meanings have changed just to keep us on our toes....

Halloween for Teens

Halloween for Teens

Every year, kids across the country look forward to Halloween, mine included. It’s a night of dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door asking for treats. It's almost as much fun when I’m the one passing out Halloween candy to adorable little ones in disguise....

9 Going on 19

9 Going on 19

Makeup, crop tops, skincare routines. My daughter is only nine years old, but she’s growing up faster than I did. Navigating Tween Years I was a tomboy growing up. I loved sports, ponytails and nothing pink or frilly. My daughter, however, is completely the opposite....

How I Embraced Being Present This Summer

How I Embraced Being Present This Summer

It’s that time of year again—back to school. This summer felt like it lasted a second. I blinked and it’s gone. I feel like we just had an end of the school year party and now here we go again. Cherishing Summer Moments With My Kids I don’t know who enjoys summer...

Balancing Parenthood & Friendship

Balancing Parenthood & Friendship

We recently returned from a family vacation. There were eight of us crammed into one car to see Mount Rushmore. It was on that trip when I realized that my kids were cool and fun to hangout with. They're at a great age where we can sit and enjoy their company. It made...

How to Politely Ghost a Friend

How to Politely Ghost a Friend

I previously shared that I don't like one of my son’s friends very much. This friend was not very nice to my daughter, and his attitude towards me was mildly irritating. I found this friend annoying because he’s loud, destructive and obviously had never been taught to...

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