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The term “lifelong learner” is coming up a lot in schools today. Yes, it may start feeling like an overused buzzword; however, there's also a lot more to it. A lifelong learner isn’t just about succeeding in middle school (or high school or even college.) It’s about...read more
“Hey Julie. We are getting ready to go on spring break with our 13- and 15-year old, and all I’ve heard about is how awful it will be. How can I make this a trip they - all of us - will enjoy?” Raise your hand if you would love to be whisked away to a dream...read more
When I was 15, my mom took me to see a counselor. She thought that I needed someone to talk with since I had been, hmmm, let’s call it acting out after she and my dad divorced. She chose a therapist who was also a teacher at my high school I was reluctant, but I...read more
Being a teenager is challenging. Raising a teenager is even more so. Each day, adolescents and their families face difficult choices. One of those choices (and challenges) - comes in the form of alcohol, vape and cigarettes, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines,...read more
Could your Tween Be the Bully? A few years ago, I was at a school and overheard a parent say, “Did you hear about ‘so and so’; he’s becoming quite the bully. My kid would never do that.” Everyone nodded in agreement. Two days later, that parent’s son punched a...read more
“12 Killed, 50 Wounded at movie theater… School shooting, several wounded… An attack on our capitol… What do I tell my 11-year-old about all these tragedies we hear about?” Far too often, these are the headlines that confront you. It makes your heart drop and...read more
Dear Julie I’m drowning in to-do lists. I’ve tried everything from bullet journaling to online calendars and I still can’t figure out how to keep track of / keep up with all my work and volunteer responsibilities, my kids’ activities and still have time for my family....read more
You are drawn in by the playful personality, the mischievous gleam in the eye, the witty and sometimes warped sense of humor and the smile …oh, that spirited smile. These are the characteristics of a happy-go-lucky person, right? Not always. For many, this...read more
Three questions to improve the relationship with your teen Dear Julie~ I know that teens who feel closer to their parents are more likely to come to them for advice when faced with tough decisions, and have better self-esteem, stand up to bullies, peer pressure, ALL...read more
When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to play Mad Libs. If you aren’t familiar, Mad Libs is a word template game that prompts you to substitute words in the story resulting in a humorous and very silly tale, like this: "One day, a __________...read more