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Lauren Kessler

Mothering Essays

On the brink  
Imagining the future at 17

On being (not) college-bound
Her future is hers, not mine.

How much should I share with my daughter?
How much does she want to know?
How much do I want to tell?

My (daughter’s) first trip to the gynecologist
A rite of passage, for both of us.

Watching my daughter drive
Mourning the end of my life as chauffeur

The A to Zs of teenagers: A is for Advice
Teens don’t want it.  Mothers persist.

The A to Zs of teenagers:  B is for Boyfriends
Remembering the good, the bad and the ugly.

The A to Zs of teenagers: C is for Coffee
Sitting, sipping — not fighting!

 The A to Zs of teenagers: D is for Drama
She saves the drama for her mama