Think your school is prepared for the threat of gun violence? Don’t kid yourself, my friends.

A student at our District 65 elementary school threatened to bring a rifle to school and shoot my third grader. He then intimidated her with further threats, keeping her silent for two weeks before she finally told her father and me. This actually happened. The principal’s knee-jerk response was to immediately dismiss the idea of... Read more »

Can I be good at calling people on their crap?!?

Writing about something I’m good at should be easy, right? We all know what we rock and where fall short. I thought about an answer to this one for a few minutes and kept coming up with really mundane stuff that is super lame and embarrassing. After getting this latest ChicagoNow Blogapalooza-Hour topic/question, I queried... Read more »

Becoming a Spectator

It’s spring. The birds are chirping, trees are green, flowers are blooming, and it’s time to pack up the kids and make the pilgrimage down to the field to engage in the perennial ritual of organized sports. They love it. I love it. Or I did, anyway. Both of my kids are playing team sports... Read more »
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Does my kid need to see a therapist?

These three clues may help you decide. My friends and clients often ask, “How do I know if my child needs help?” For many reasons it is difficult to navigate this territory. Let’s face it, it’s a crap sandwich and nobody wants a bite of that.  Forcing ourselves to recognize that our kid is struggling... Read more »

I can't stop thinking about Monica Lewinsky...

I cannot stop thinking about Monica Lewinsky. Lately, I’ve been contemplating the seemingly mutually-exclusive relationship between technology and privacy. More and more the topic surfaces in both my personal parenting life and with families and teens in my therapy practice. Parents really struggle to navigate the murky waters of social media with their kids. As... Read more »

What do you do?

What do you do?
“I’m a therapist.” That’s the party-mannered answer to “what do you do?” Sometimes I get a bug-eyed response as they slink away. Sometimes I see the slight look of fear sweep across their face as they find someone else to chat up. Still others have asked “are you analyzing me right now?” Sometimes they are persistent... Read more »
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