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Hey Julie~ The holidays are both our family’s most favorite and most stressful time of the year. This year I’m extra worried because I feel like I can’t tell what my 15-year-old son is feeling. Is he excited? Is he down? Is he happy? Help! How can I support my son...read more
Hey Julie~ Over the holidays, when my kids were little we played pretend all the time. I admit I got a little bored of being a magic horse that could also make chocolate chip cookies, but I knew it was important. Now that my kids are older (tweens and teens) I’m...read more
Do you remember when you were younger and thought anything was possible? Perhaps Superman was your hero, and you were convinced that draping a towel over your shoulders and jumping off the sofa made you just like him. Or maybe you loved Dorothy Hamill (yes, I’m dating...read more
Parenting teens is hard, and, then it’s easy. Then, it will be hard again. Then, it will confusing. Really confusing before it becomes scary, exciting, frustration, funny, weird, and wild. It will be sticky and shiny and dirty and colorful and lonely and social....read more
Help me, Julie! My daughter is getting ready to start 6th grade, and, all of a sudden, she seems like a totally different kid. Overnight she seemed to change from my little girl to full-blown teenager!! It’s making my head spin! Is this normal? Picture this … a...read more
“Ever since school let out, my 14 year-old has been moody, down, grumpy, isn’t sleeping and doesn’t seem to want to do anything. I don’t understand. It’s like this ever year. Isn’t summer supposed to be a time of fun and happiness? Is there something wrong with her?”...read more
There are few events that strike fear in our hearts, our homes, and our communities like the senseless act of a school shooting. With images and snippets flashed on television and streamed over social media, it is natural for to feel fearful to about the safety of...read more
Mother’s Day is coming up quickly. And, I’m not gonna lie, I love a little TLC - breakfast in bed, homemade cards and the promise of not having to cook, clean or do caretaking things for a few hours. Over the past few years, though, Mother’s Day has shifted. It’s less...read more
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