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 »

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 »

What I'm reading: Recent posts on kids and tech that I've found helpful

What I'm reading: Recent posts on kids and tech that I've found helpful
The topic of how to help our kids use technology in a beneficial and balanced way is huge for parents, and there’s no one easy answer. There are lots of people discussing it, however, which is positive. That ongoing conversation has included some recent online posts that I’ve found helpful and I wanted to share them... Read more »
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A few more gray hairs, from painting and from parenting

A few more gray hairs, from painting and from parenting
I have a few more gray hairs this evening than I did when I woke up this morning. That’s the result of painting my daughter’s room. She wanted white walls. The color she selected was not quite white but it was tough to pinpoint exactly what it was. The color seemed to change as we... Read more »

Favorite hashtags for parents of teens and tweens

Favorite hashtags for parents of teens and tweens
On this date one decade ago, the hashtag made its debut. I confess that I didn’t notice. I’m also guessing it didn’t register for many of you, given that you were likely wrangling at least one little person who demanded a fair amount of your attention at the time. Even if I had noticed, I’m... 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 »
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8 quotes about why neutrality is insufficient that will inspire you to stand up

8 quotes about why neutrality is insufficient that will inspire you to stand up
I’ve heard from a lot of people after my last post about speaking out against the hate, bigotry, and violence in Charlottesville and speaking up for teaching our children about loving and respecting other people.  I shared a quote from Desmond Tutu that seemed to really resonate with readers. In case you missed that, I’ve included it... 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 »

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 »
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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 »