Archive for April 2016

I thought I took the road less traveled, but I was wrong

I thought I took the road less traveled, but I was wrong
“Write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference.” That’s my assignment for tonight’s blogapalooza, a monthly exercise where ChicagoNow bloggers come together to tackle the same topic, all within exactly one hour. This topic has made me realize that I really do enjoy a clearly demarcated, well-trodden... Read more »

Interview with a tween working to increase access to vaccines for kids worldwide

Interview with a tween working to increase access to vaccines for kids worldwide
Last month, I attended the Shot@Life Champions Summit, a gathering of people who want to dedicate their voices and time to help protect children around the world from vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, pneumonia, polio, and rotavirus. Those diseases claim the lives of 1.5 million kids each year, and Shot@Life is a campaign of the United... Read more »

What Prince and Misty Copeland taught me about my middle schooler today

What Prince and Misty Copeland taught me about my middle schooler today
I love how our children teach us. When my daughter was younger, her curriculum for me was focused more on the broad picture and about best practices to the general approach to life. She covered topics like “stop and smell the roses,” “notice the little things,” and “lose yourself in joy.” Lately, though, I’ve been... Read more »
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Ways to start conversations with kids about drinking for Alcohol Responsibility Month

Ways to start conversations with kids about drinking for Alcohol Responsibility Month
April is Alcohol Responsibility Month. With prom, graduation, and summer parties around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk with your kids about the importance of making smart choices, especially the choice to say ‘no’ to underage drinking. Even if your kids are too young to attend those events, they’re not too young to... Read more »

Why kids should have phones before they can pay for them

Why kids should have phones before they can pay for them
Yesterday, a friend asked me if I believed that kids should have cell phones before they can pay for the phone and the monthly bill. One reason is that it would presumably save parents, both financially and from having to deal with the mistakes their kids may make with their devices. I told her that... Read more »

8 favorite Facebook pages for parents of adolescents

8 favorite Facebook pages for parents of adolescents
A large majority of Americans get news and information through social media, and parents of teens and tweens are no exception. If you’re looking to keeping some good info flowing into your Facebook feed, here are some of my favorite Facebook pages for parents of adolescents. They share great content that informs, amuses, supports and... Read more »
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Roundup of thoughts on parenting teens: From fighting fairly to fun movies to teaching bravery

Roundup of thoughts on parenting teens: From fighting fairly to fun movies to teaching bravery
Here is a round of pieces I’ve recently read and appreciated with thoughts on parenting teens and the challenges and opportunities doing so presents. The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager by Lisa Damour from Well Family – The New York Times “No parent or teenager can, or needs to, turn every dispute into... Read more »

Interview with Delaney Ruston, director of the documentary Screenagers

Interview with Delaney Ruston, director of the documentary Screenagers
When her 12-year-old daughter asked for a smart phone, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston realized that she was face to face with one of the biggest issues facing parents today: how to help our kids find a healthy balance with technology as they navigate the online world, particularly in light of what research tells us... Read more »