Archive for September 2016

Round up of posts on parenting teens and tweens

Round up of posts on parenting teens and tweens
Think you are alone dealing with the challenges of parenting a teen? It can feel that way, but you’re not. These┬árecent pieces from around the web address some of the many tricky parts of parenting teens and offer either some helpful advice or referrals to helpful resources. Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress by... Read more »

15 frequently banned or challenged Young Adult books

15 frequently banned or challenged Young Adult books
It’s National Banned Books Week! The American Library Association┬ásays the event in large part celebrates “the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.” Stephen King... Read more »

What parents need to know about MRSA

What parents need to know about MRSA
When your child is in elementary school, you dread getting the letter sent home by the school informing parents that there is an outbreak of lice. Today, though, lice didn’t seem so bad when I got a letter from my daughter’s high school informing parents that there is an outbreak of MRSA at the school.... Read more »
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Question to ask your kid: When was the last time you felt special?

Question to ask your kid: When was the last time you felt special?
“When was the last time someone made you feel special?” I was asked that question today and thought it was fascinating. I am ridiculously fortunate enough to be made to feel special often. I recently celebrated a big birthday and was touched by the many kind wishes I received from friends and family near and... Read more »

Funny quotes about parenting teenagers

A good sense of humor can be a huge asset in a variety of scenarios. A good laugh can make it easier to get through whatever challenges life throws our way, including parenting teenagers. Here are some quotes about parenting teens that will hopefully make you laugh and nod in agreement. If you have any... Read more »

Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa

Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa
I loved getting to chat recently with Denise Lisi DeRosa because not only is she an expert in children’s online safety and digital citizenship, she’s a mom. As a parent of a tween and teen, she gets it. DeRosa has spent years helping parents, and I wanted to pass along the great advice she shared... Read more »
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Confirmed: parenting a teen can be really, really hard

Confirmed: parenting a teen can be really, really hard
“It gets easier,” is something mothers of young children desperately want to hear. Many people tell new mothers that, and it is true. It gets easier when babies start sleeping through the night, when little ones go to the bathroom without cajoling or assistance, and when children can articulate their needs with a modicum of... Read more »

Why reading aloud to students is wonderful even when they're in high school

Why reading aloud to students is wonderful even when they're in high school
“My teacher read aloud from The Lord of the Flies all period,” my ninth grade daughter said when I asked her what happened in English class. “Really?!?!” I tried to contain my excitement. “How was that?” “It was cool. I haven’t had anyone read out loud to us in a while, and I liked it”... Read more »