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Today’s question is definitely one that hits close to home. The question comes from Tracey, a mom of two: a 20-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. And she said: "I feel like all my son does is sit around and do nothing after-school and on the weekends. I keep...read more
Around age ten, (sometimes earlier, sometimes later) communication begins to change. Without notice, kids may stop hanging onto every word — or sometimes, any word at all. After working with children and adolescents for almost three decades, one thing I have learned...read more
It’s so hard to believe that this year is almost complete. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was wondering what the next twelve months would bring. Today, I’m a little in awe by all that it did bring. Some of it amazingly good, some epically eh and definitely a...read more
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