Jill is a stay-at-home mom of two (an odd title because she is rarely ever at home). In her pre-Mommy days, she graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's in social work, with an emphasis on children and family studies. But she wishes she would have gotten a Ph.D. in What's For Dinner and How to Get Bubblegum Out of the Carpet. That would have served her better. Read her blog at jillsorr.com • Follow Jill on Twitter @jillsorr

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Look Who’s Talking

Stay woke and slay teen slang. Every generation of teenagers has its own slang. Adults aren’t meant to understand it, and, in fact, that is the whole point. We chose language partly to express our identity, and, since teenagers naturally want to create an identity separate from that of their parents, they use different words, […]

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Where Are You from?

  So much of how we parent comes from looking backward. Our minds continually flash back to the way things were when we were kids. We mine our childhoods for what worked, what didn’t, and what we vow never to repeat. For instance, I will never make my kids eat everything on their plate — […]

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Lessons in Social Media

Is the web world really so nasty? by Jill Orr Parenting in the age of social media is a tricky business. Most of us with kids who are old enough to use it did not grow up using it ourselves, so we are learning about social media at the same time as our children — […]

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Jill’s 21 Day Challenge

  Meaningful Connections Online For the next Mom in the Middle column, I’m taking a look at social media. Specifically, how our kids use it and how we as parents can and should be involved. I won’t spoil what I’ve found out in talking to my children and their friends, but let’s just say that it […]

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One Fine Day

  The art of talking to teenagers.  For years, I’ve asked my kids the same uninspired question when I pick them up from school: How was your day? And for years, they’ve answered with the same uninspired answer: Fine. In fact, we’ve been round and round on this so many times that, last year, my […]

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