High School Graduation is Tough on Parents Too

My oldest son is graduating from high school in less than three weeks, and I am in utter disbelief. It is difficult for parents as well as the child.  I know…it sounds absolutely ridiculous and rather cliché, but mothers that have experienced this will most likely agree with my synopsis of how this transpires. Clearly,... Read more »

Teen Turmoil is Normal

Some time ago, my oldest son and I had a very serious argument.  In the end, he was angry, confused and upset, and I was left crying for two hours wondering how I could fix our mortally wounded relationship. Crying is a poor choice of words, because I was actually hysterical and inconsolable.  I just... Read more »

Solicitors are in Season

Signs of spring are upon us!  The snowmelt has revealed multiple mounds of dog excrement in the yard, and moldy wet newspapers on the driveway.  The birds are singing, the neighborhood children are out riding their bikes and most of the black snow is starting to recede.  Go out there and take a deep breath! ... Read more »
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Sad Discovery a Sign of Our Self-Focused Narcissistic Times?

Today, the Chicago Tribune ran a story about a woman in Pontiac, Michigan who had been dead for some years, unbeknownst to anyone in her community.  Her bills were being taking care of via “automatic withdrawal”, and until the money ran out, no one cared. When her house went into foreclosure, the bank sent a... Read more »

Using Guilt to Control Your Children

I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve heard using guilt to control their child’s behavior, and I often wonder if they think that this is an effective parenting technique.  After all, their parents did it, and if your family was religious, contrition was part of everyday life.  I would often joke about my own... Read more »

Phasing Out Santa

Sometimes while scrolling though posts on Facebook, I can’t help but enjoy the photos that friend’s post of their children. Then the holidays come around and you can just see all of the anticipation in their eyes. Seemingly, a switch has gone off as they help with the Christmas tree, make their lists for Santa,... Read more »
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Winning the Popularity Contest

Teens are under a lot of pressure, and some would argue that there is even more stress than when we were teens!  Earning exceptional grades, excelling in multiple sports, playing a few instruments, building up the resume for the college applications, and navigating puberty, adolescence and relationships are just a few of the challenges. On... Read more »

Out of the Mouths of Parents

Some time ago, my oldest son and I had a very serious argument.  In the end, he was angry, confused and upset, and I was left crying for two hours wondering how I could fix our mortally wounded relationship. Crying is a poor choice of words, because I was actually hysterical and inconsolable.  I just... Read more »

Dealing With Difficult People

This has been a whirlwind last couple of weeks dealing with a menagerie of people with diverse personalities. I think many of us are suffering from what I like to call the “back-to-school hangover”, but it’s apparent that some haven’t made it to the hangover stage. They have not reached that period of calm where... Read more »
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10 Facts About Inhalant Abuse: It’s NEVER Safe!

I will often peruse the news from other cities across the country where teens are involved.  Car accidents, cold medicine abuse, acute alcohol intoxication, diving into the shallow end of the pool, fights, and the choking game are frequent topics of tragic stories.  Sadly, many parents whose children are involved in these catastrophic events rarely... Read more »