Author Archive | Ginger

Seriously, I really am just making it up as I go.

Just Making This Parenting Thing Up As I Go

Not long ago I was in the car with my teenagers. I let them have control of the sound system sometimes. When that happens, they play mostly the same songs over and over again. Among all kinds of music, good and bad, they love Broadway soundtracks. Recently, they have been playing songs from How to […]

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Celebrating the Magic of the Season without Religion

Though Christmas is a religious holiday, many non-Christians celebrate this season. Along with approximately 20% of all Americans, my family considers themselves irreligious, yet we still celebrate Christmas (and Easter too!). We have many friends who do the same. Why do we celebrate? I can only speak for myself, but simply, because we always have. […]

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The Art of the College Essay

Like many other families with a high school senior, ours is in the midst of the college application process. This means my hubby and I are nagging our senior to do all the things applying for college entails. Right now, thanks to her English teacher, she is writing admissions essays. I recently spent the weekend […]

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What I Learned from the “Great Northwest College Tour” and Other College Explorations

My oldest kiddo started her senior year of high school just weeks ago. This means college decision time has final rolled around for our family. According to one website, you should start planning around your child’s freshman year of high school, though I know my high school freshman was told he should start planning in […]

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My kids have stood on Hadrian's Wall in the UK and the Great Wall in China.

Why Military Brats Rock

My kids have probably said goodbye to more friends in their young lives than most people make in a lifetime—not because they have poor people skills, but because they have a parent whose job moves us all over the world. We have lived in San Antonio for three years this time. This is the longest […]

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The Teen Eye Roll: Sass or Self Expression?

Teen eye-rolling: the bane of every parent’s sanity, typical expressive device, or somewhere in between? Let’s discuss. According to a well-known dictionary, eye-rolling expresses exasperation, disbelief, or disapproval. So this means all of us parents of teens are just wrong, wrong, wrong…all of the time! I realize that eye rolls are associated with teen girls, […]

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