Archive for June 2016

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Our days without air conditioning

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Our days without air conditioning
Do you hear that sound? If you listen closely, you may be able to hear the choirs of angels singing like I do. It’s possible, though, that it’s just the sound of our brand new air conditioner humming along in its first few minutes of operation. We’ve lived just over a week without air conditioning.... Read more »

Reading list for parents of teens and tweens

If you’re looking for some thought-provoking books about parenting adolescents, check out this reading list for parents of teens and tweens. These recently published reads offer research, wisdom, and perspective that will be appreciated by those raising older kids. Click through this gallery to see all the books on the list and excerpts of reviews... Read more »

Tips for road tripping with teens and tweens

Tips for road tripping with teens and tweens
I was searching the internet for advice on road tripping with teens and tweens as we prepare for a trip we’re taking later this summer. We’ve road tripped before, but it’s been a few years, and we’ve never spent quite as much time in the car as we have planned for our latest adventure. Here... Read more »
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6 wonderful Father's Day videos that will make you laugh and cry

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fmWRODY0ing" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Go Ask Dad<br><br>Gillette helps tweens and teens see that dads may just be more helpful than the internet.
Happy Father’s Day! Here are some wonderful Father’s Day videos that get at the heart of what it means to be a dad, and to love a dad. All are sweet tributes to fathers and while some of them are ads, they still tug at the heartstrings. You may want to have some tissues handy.... Read more »

8 reasons to love Piper, the short film before Finding Dory

8 reasons to love Piper, the short film before Finding Dory
Piper is the short film from Pixar debuting in theaters today before Finding Dory. It is wordless, but in just six minutes it speaks volumes about parenting and all kinds of hot-button topics today. I loved the conversations that Piper generated with my teen. Piper tells that story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures... Read more »

Why teaching kids empathy is so important, and the book that shows you how

Why teaching kids empathy is so important, and the book that shows you how
“Do you know what that feels like?” “Yes, I know what that feels like.” That exchange happens twice in the new movie Finding Dory, and each time it is a pivotal moment in the film. Don’t worry, no spoilers here, just the recognition of the tremendous power of empathy. Empathy is “seeing with the eyes... Read more »
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3 mistakes I've made with my teen's reading this summer and 1 moment when I was at my best

3 mistakes I've made with my teen's reading this summer and 1 moment when I was at my best
School has been out here for three weeks now and while that feels like a solid chunk of time, I don’t know that we’ve really hit our summer stride just yet. But we’re getting there. We made it clear to our daughter that we expected her to read a decent amount over the summer. And... Read more »

Help for parenting tweens and teens in the summer

Help for parenting tweens and teens in the summer
Summer is upon us and many of us have kids out of school. With older kids, the matters of childcare aren’t as pressing, but summer still poses a different set of challenges and parents have concerns that come with a switch in the routine. Here are some posts that offer some helpful advice for parenting... Read more »

8 great graduation speeches of 2016

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iqm-XEqpayc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Commencement Speech at UC Berkeley<br><br> "You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are—and you just might become the very best version of yourself."
Graduation season means caps and gowns, bands play “Pomp and Circumstance,” parents beaming with pride, and speakers delivering commencement addresses full of wisdom and wit. I love all of it, but I am especially partial to the speeches. The wisdom and humor shared in them is beneficial to not just those wearing mortar boards, but... Read more »
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