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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
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