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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
Today, I did something that I hadn’t done in quite a long time. I moved. With intention. I sat. With intention. I ate. With intention. I watched. With intention. I wrote. With intention. I listened. With intention. I parented. With intention. Today, I was me. With...read more
Mommyhood. Whether looking back to when I had infants to raising teens, it has been everything I thought it would be but nothing I expected. That is the only universal truth I know about parenthood. Recently I had a conversation with a group of new parents who...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
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
In today’s fast-paced, hectic often unpredictable world, I am often comforted by the relationship I have with my family I feel like I know them inside and out. My son is fascinated by molecules and megabytes. My sister’s middle name is Suzanne. My dad is left-handed....read more
The Impact of your Teen Years... It Matters. I recently had the opportunity to speak with my friend, Charlie King of Heroic Fatherhood on FB Live. During our chat, we discussed how our experience as a teen can influence how we parent our own children. So many great...read more
Dear Julie, With school starting up again I’m getting nervous about lockdowns. I have no idea what I would do if my kid’s school was on lockdown. Do you have any advice for how to handle this nightmare situation? Signed, Worried Mama of 4 Dear Worried Mama, School...read more
As an adolescent expert, I spend a lot of time in schools. If like me, you were a teen in the 1980s, sometimes it can be hard to separate your own school memories from those of John Hughes’ movies like The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club has stuck with me all these...read more
I was cleaning out my files the other day and came across the poem that I read often when I worked with the elderly. I've held onto it as a reminder that I am never alone. And, neither are you. I look forward to building stronger communities so no child, no parent, no...read more