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What I Would Do If I Could Rewrite My Family's History

What I Would Do If I Could Rewrite My Family's History

04.12.2014
Today is my father's birthday. He would have turned 84 years old today, had he survived beyond the way-too-impossibly-young age of 68....
Why I Try To Feel Thankful For The Mean Girls

Why I Try To Feel Thankful For The Mean Girls

04.11.2014
I'm glad that my daughter is learning how to deal with them early, while living at home where I can offer hugs, suggestions and listening...
Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

04.11.2014
Many of the emotions and tasks of becoming independent are revisited when our children experience their teen years. They become self-centered...
Something Strange Is Happening To Teens' Pants

Something Strange Is Happening To Teens' Pants

Kim Bhasin  04.11.2014
America's teenagers are dropping their jeans and replacing them with elastic-waistband stretch pants, according to a well-regarded report...
When The Beach Boys Were Teen Idols

When The Beach Boys Were Teen Idols

04. 8.2014
Looking back I realize the impact music had on our family. Every one of us bought 45's for our personal record players in our rooms. At...
Why Is My Kid Shutting Me Out?

Why Is My Kid Shutting Me Out?

04. 8.2014
When we resist what our children feel, we reject them. They learn their emotions are bad, they repress them and then reject themselves....
Am I the Only Parent Who Calls Before Sleepovers?

Am I the Only Parent Who Calls Before Sleepovers?

04. 8.2014
When we focus on being their friend, we abdicate the far more important job of being our children's parent.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Pot

How to Talk to Your Kids About Pot

04. 8.2014
The libertarian in me is pleased that we have become more consistent in how we handle pot vs. alcohol and tobacco, but the mom in me has...
What Adults (Apparently) Can't See When They Look At Teens

What Adults (Apparently) Can't See When They Look At Teens

04. 8.2014
Most teenagers do not adhere to the image of the stereotypical teen. Stop saying that we don't care about world affairs; many of us concerned...
From Toddler to Teen in One Glance Out the Window

From Toddler to Teen in One Glance Out the Window

04. 7.2014
I glanced out the kitchen window and the light caught my eye, warm and rosy on my neighbor's wall. Sunset. The sun's rays were shining...
The Worst Question to Ask Your Teenage Son

The Worst Question to Ask Your Teenage Son

04. 7.2014
When your teenager is being, well, a teenager, take a deep breath, relax and smile. This open approach will make you far more receptive...
Why Mike Trout Made a Big Mistake in Taking a $144.5 Million Contract From the Angels

Why Mike Trout Made a Big Mistake in Taking a $144.5 Million Contract From the Angels

04. 7.2014
Well, the New Jersey native just signed a deal through 2020 worth $144.5 million. And I believe that this could be the greatest financial...
Let Your Teenager Sleep -- the Brain Needs It

Let Your Teenager Sleep -- the Brain Needs It

04. 4.2014
It's easy for teen's to forgo sleep because they have so many things competing for their time and attention, including homework, social...
Teenzilla and the Frontal Lobe

Teenzilla and the Frontal Lobe

04. 4.2014
Was there a reason for this ridiculous behavior? If so, was there a cure and was I going to be the next Freud of the teenage psyche? I...