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I can tell when the school year has begun by the piles of paper in the center of my kitchen counter that migrate to the edges by mid-week. There are permission forms for pictures, school trips, buses, school lunches, band, student council, event reminder forms, teacher introduction and expectation forms, and demographic forms; one for each child.Read More
Around this time each summer, many parents and children begin to get worried about returning to school and the potential for getting bullied again like last year. The summer offers a respite from school bullies, but does this break from bullying have to end because the summer ends?Read More
Going away for college is a big life transition for first-year students and their parents. While I remind parents that the alternative to going off to college is having a child remain at home into adulthood, it’s not an easy adjustment. Parents will feel loss and sadness, as well as happiness about their child’s departure from home and their success in the future.Read More
The infamous song “Summer Nights” from the 1978 movie Grease sums up the allure of a summer romance—especially for teens. In the movie, Danny meets Sandy at the beach and they spend the whole summer together hanging out and falling in love.Read More
More often than not, when I speak with parents today, they describe struggles with their children that originate in parenting conflicts. Parents often disagree when making daily decisions, and yet, they are steadfast in their beliefs that they share the same values when it comes to child rearing.
Where is the breakdown, I ask them? If you want the same things, why are you having so much conflict?Read More
When they’re young, it’s fun for siblings to share a bedroom. The pillow fights! The shadow puppet shows! Only if those siblings are boy and girl, many parents agree that this innocent arrangement can’t continue indefinitely.Read More
Most parents look forward to their children reaching an age when they can participate in team sports.Read More