Archive for January 2016

7 great quotes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

When I was in law school at the end of the last century, I worked at a big law firm one summer. A secretary sat at a desk right outside my office and our doors were always open, so I could hear everything, including the phone, which seemed to ring. And ring. And ring. It... Read more »

The old parenting trick that's bringing me new delight

The old parenting trick that's bringing me new delight
I confess that I got out of the habit of asking my daughter about the best part of her day but I’ve recently started doing so again. After a particularly rough day, as I was telling her goodnight I asked her to share something good that had happened, no matter how small. I was pleasantly... Read more »

Using the headlines to talk to teens about predators on Instagram

Using the headlines to talk to teens about predators on Instagram
Parenting experts suggest using headlines and news stories as a good way to start conversations with your kids, especially about tricky subjects, and make important points to your tweens and teens and sometimes talking about real life events makes those conversations easier and more relevant for all parties. Tonight, I used the headline “Florida man... Read more »
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How to properly dispose of prescription drugs, which helps stop medicine abuse

How to properly dispose of prescription drugs, which helps stop medicine abuse
We all have prescription bottles with a few pills in them in our medicine cabinets. It’s pretty common to receive more medication than we need to take. We hang on to it. It’s not so bad to have on hand, right? Actually, it can be bad. Prescription drug abuse is an issue. Every day, 2,500... Read more »

Top 20 slang words and acronyms posted in the ASKfm app by teens

Top 20 slang words and acronyms posted in the ASKfm app by teens
I’ve written about ASKfm in the past, including this interview with┬áCatherine Teitelbaum, Chief Safety Officer, discussing how the app has changed and rebranded. (It used to be Ask.fm and is now ASK.fm.) ASKfm is a very popular Q&A social network among tweens and teens, as well as adults, with 150 million users in 150 countries... Read more »

Roundup of posts about kids and social media for parents of teens and tweens

Roundup of posts about kids and social media for parents of teens and tweens
There have been some helpful and thoughtful pieces recently published on the topic of kids and social media. They are offer some insight and information about the teens and tweens and their lives online and I wanted to share them with you. * 9 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About by Christine Elgersma... Read more »
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6 inspiring quotes from J.K. Rowling

6 inspiring quotes from J.K. Rowling
I’m getting ready to reread the Harry Potter series. That preparation involves waiting on the hard cover boxed set of all seven books to arrive from Amazon, looking all over my book shelves for the paperback of the first book that I used to have, giving up, and seeing that I can pick it up... Read more »

Book review of The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it)

Book review of The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it)
In the introduction to her her book The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it), Sara Villanueva, PhD, says her goal is “to relate to other parents of teens and shed some light on issues we all struggle with.” She successfully accomplishes that goal in this rather short,... Read more »

What happened when I started the new year with no resolutions, no word, and no big plans

What happened when I started the new year with no resolutions, no word, and no big plans
Some years, I have awakened on New Year’s Day full of dreams, plans, and goals, and armed with both the energy and motivation to achieve them, usually in short order. If you need an example, you can ask my poor husband about the time I decided to switch some rooms around in our home and... Read more »
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