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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
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
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
Often, I hear parents say, "I'm just not getting through. I don't see a change in my son/daughter." Please, don't despair. The following story (which my mom sent me in 2006), is an ideal example of how just one small act can make a long term difference. With love and...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
Hi friends! A few months ago, I had the privilege to interview an amazing young lady who shared her ups and downs with an LD (learning disability.) I was able to catch up with her over a video chat where she offered some incredible tips to support kids who are now in...read more
I am an action flick gal. I have seen every James Bond movie - at least three times. I was first in line to see Transformers (the first one, not the last one), and I never miss a superhero adventure. So, when the topic of missions comes up, it is no surprise that...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