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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
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
“Help! My son (or daughter) never talks to me.” This question, or some variation of it, is one of the most frequent complaints I receive from parents of tween-to-teens. This is often followed by, “My kid never listens to me!” The truth is that most adolescents...read more
One of the most important gifts my parents gave to me was instilling the value of traditions in me as a child. As a parent, I strive to offer my children that same gift. From cherished holiday moments such as decorating Christmas cookies and lighting the menorah to...read more
Bullying: it is a top worry in every town and every school. For many tweens and teens, the worry has turned into a reality which can leave them feeling discouraged and hopeless. Those feelings of hopelessness aren’t anything new. Bullying has been traced to the 18th...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
In today’s fast-paced, hectic, 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. Or...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