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I Hate You, Don't Leave Me (Conversations With My 12-year-old Daughter)

I Hate You, Don't Leave Me (Conversations With My 12-year-old Daughter)

01.27.2015
I awoke one morning and my logical, agreeable daughter had been replaced by one who was rude. And angry. For no apparent reason.
About a Boy

About a Boy

01.27.2015
Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least...
Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

01.27.2015
The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and...
Parenting Is Sometimes Like A Triathlon

Parenting Is Sometimes Like A Triathlon

01.26.2015
You feel like you are winning at times. You excel in one way, but always have a weaker leg of the race. You prepare, but you never know...
A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

01.26.2015
This is about understanding your child. Be compassionately curious about his friendships and he's likely to open up.
What We All Need to Learn From Teenagers

What We All Need to Learn From Teenagers

01.25.2015
"Mother Nature is providential. She gives us 12 years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers." -William...
A Birthday Message to My 14-Year-Old Daughter

A Birthday Message to My 14-Year-Old Daughter

01.23.2015
I love the fact that I still get to catch glimpses of you as a little girl when you get excited over things. Sometimes I'm jealous of the...
Open-Ended, Mouth Shut

Open-Ended, Mouth Shut

01.23.2015
As you can see, the key is to continue asking questions with increasing levels of specificity. Under no circumstances should you allow...
The Dangers of Texting While Driving

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

01.23.2015
"It is common sense," one may exclaim in exasperation, "that reading and texting while driving is dangerous. Isn't the warning superfluous?"...
7 Rules of Hiring a Teenager to Babysit

7 Rules of Hiring a Teenager to Babysit

01.21.2015
Hiring a sitter and having an evening out on the town is a treat. By following these steps, you can (hopefully) relax enough to enjoy yourself!...
The Passion Myth: Why Teens Struggle to Find Their Purpose in Life

The Passion Myth: Why Teens Struggle to Find Their Purpose in Life

01.20.2015
It seems you can't look, listen, or feel for sixty seconds without seeing, hearing, or bumping into the word. It's always and it's everywhere,...
How a Stranger's Parenting Story Made Me Realize How Life Perspectives Can Change

How a Stranger's Parenting Story Made Me Realize How Life Perspectives Can Change

01.20.2015
It's been said that those who know the deepest sadness wear the brightest smiles or that the most compassionate are those who have experienced...
How To Communicate With Your Teen Daughter, Explained

How To Communicate With Your Teen Daughter, Explained

01.20.2015
Telephone occasionally and bring the call to an end yourself, citing things you need to do. If leaving a voicemail (not more than one or...
How To Avoid Having Your College Acceptance Rescinded

How To Avoid Having Your College Acceptance Rescinded

01.20.2015
“Dear Pre-collegiette, Congratulations! On behalf of Awesome University…” Phew! You can breathe a sigh of relief, because you’re...