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When words fail in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas

When words fail in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas
I’ve been a lot of things today in the wake of the news of the nation’s largest-ever mass shooting in Las Vegas: horrified, teary, angry, baffled, weary, and just profoundly sad. One thing I haven’t been: eloquent. I have no words to explain evil to our kids, or ourselves. Other people offered words about how this doesn’t... Read more »

What to think about before reading another study

What to think about before reading another study
Science is awesome. Research is important. Insight is invaluable. I firmly believe those three statements. And, with those in mind, I think it’s also important that parents should stop and think before applying the findings of the latest study to their lives. It feels like there are countless headlines announcing what some study has found... Read more »

Expert advice on handling tricky back-to-school social scenarios with your kids

Expert advice on handling tricky back-to-school social scenarios with your kids
Back to school brings a lot of questions from parents wondering how to help get their kids off to a good start socially. To address a few common questions and scenarios, please help me welcome Dr. Kortney Peagram and her team at Bulldog Solution, a provider of  student and teacher programs that aim to eradicate bullying through social boldness,... Read more »
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New study shows later school start times could lead to a $9 billion economic gain

New study shows later school start times could lead to a $9 billion economic gain
In Chicago and around the nation, kids are off to their first day of school today. The time at which school starts for middle and high schoolers is a big issue. I’ve talked about them here on the blog and on the Facebook page for years now, and I’ve learned that people feel really strongly about them.... Read more »

Kids aren't properly caring for their contact lenses, putting their eyes at risk

Kids aren't properly caring for their contact lenses, putting their eyes at risk
Teenagers are not necessarily known for being the cleanest of age groups. According to the CDC, those less than hygienic habits are becoming a big problem when it comes to properly handling contact lenses. As a result, adolescents are putting their eyes at risk for serious infection, and worse. If your kids have contacts and are... Read more »

How speaking out about Charlottesville meant I lost followers and gained perspective

How speaking out about Charlottesville meant I lost followers and gained perspective
I heard about the horrific events in Charlottesville on Saturday, and my heart broke. I first saw the news on Facebook, and as I scrolled, I saw thoughtful posts by people expressing outrage, demanding justice, and standing up for what they believe. Then I read a post about the importance of speaking up. It reminded... Read more »
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Parenting teens & tweens: It's not all black and white

Parenting teens & tweens: It's not all black and white
I shared a photo on the Between Us Parents Facebook page a few weeks ago that detailed the different approaches to parenting in 2017 to pretty much every generation prior to ours. It’s this photo below, which I first saw on the Grown & Flown Facebook page: And it’s funny. Really funny. Parents of today have... Read more »

7 emotions parents of teens experience daily

7 emotions parents of teens experience daily
Parenting a teen is not easy, nor is it for the faint of heart. I know these aren’t groundbreaking observations; you can call me Captain Obvious. Adolescence is tough in part because it makes one really emotional, and by “one,” I mean their parent. But it seems I’m not the only parent who experiences wildly... Read more »

A day in the life of parenting teens, summed up in 15 GIFs that will make you laugh

A day in the life of parenting teens, summed up in 15 GIFs that will make you laugh
Gifs are taking over the world, and making me laugh really hard in the process. You can find ones that apply to any situation, including raising adolescents. Here’s what a day in the life of parenting a teen looks like in GIFs You May Also Like: Advice for teens in exactly 3 words Prior Post: What parents need... Read more »
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Lessons I've learned about the internet in 5+ years of blogging

Lessons I've learned about the internet in 5+ years of blogging
After blogging for more than five years, I have logged a great deal of time on the internet. As a result, I’ve had a wide variety of experiences and I have learned a lot. A whole lot. Because knowledge is power, I wanted to share that information with you. Hopefully it starts some conversations with your... Read more »