Is there any way that there can be a meeting of the minds between parents and college-bound children that won't suck the thrills and excitement out of this rite (vs. right) of passage as children go to college?
Somehow, regardless of everything we know about sex education, regardless of everything we know about how little abstinence education works, we still shudder at the thought of our teenagers learning about sex.
All my adult life I have dreaded late-night phone calls. It took only one, many years ago -- news of the suicide of my sister -- to produce an instantaneous panic reaction when I am startled awake by that shrill, nerve-jangling assault of a night-time telephone.
I just assumed I'd have a kid exactly like myself which is to say, a bad influence that no one should be allowed to play with. But alas, I ended up with one of those kids who is charming and delightful and gets straight A's and helps blind people cross the street.
Experts have also told us that the number one, ultimate rule of the parent-child relationship is that a mother must never, under any circumstance, ever consider being best friends with her daughter. I guess I blew that one.
A girl's social networking profile is a persona she constructs, a salve for the anxiety so many girls feel about relationships. All this, however, at a cost: the same tools girls use to alleviate insecurity are just as likely to inflame it.
One of the reasons we often have bad self-images is because we are obsessed by what other people are thinking. And we think they are thinking negative things -- why? -- because we are busy criticizing others