Category Archives: Parenting

What to Do If Your Teen Lies to You

If it hasn’t happened in your family yet, count yourself among the lucky. If it never happens, count yourself among the blessed. The rest of us mere mortals have to deal with the uncomfortable fact that teens lie to their parents. Not always, and not about everything, but it happens – and that’s life. Here […]

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Why Teenagers Should Have Hobbies

On any given weekday during the school year, the average American teenager spends about eight and a half hours sleeping and about six and a half hours in school. This leaves nine hours of their waking time unaccounted for. Which leaves us with an important question: what do our teenagers do during those nine hours? […]

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Other Kids Are Spreading Rumors About My Teen – What Can I Do

As writer, producer, and actor Meghan Ryan Lamontagne said in a blog post last year on the teen-oriented, girl-power, pop-culture website Sweety High: “Rumors are the worst.” You might have forgotten exactly how bad being the object of untrue, hurtful gossip can feel. Then your teenage son and daughter comes home in tears, disconsolate over […]

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Parenting and Technology

Parenting in the Technological Era  In the 21st century – The Information Age – technology is advancing at a faster pace than it ever has in the history of human civilization. For most of our time on earth, great leaps in technology were separated by enormous spans of years that most of us learned in […]

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Teaching Discipline Without Abuse

Discipline, Abuse, and Power: Five Years of Headlines About five years ago, the news media burgeoned with disturbing news about domestic partner abuse and child abuse. Then the 2016 presidential election and all the attendant drama immediately following it drowned all that out. In light of the #metoo movement and the rollercoaster of domestic and […]

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Positive Parenting

Words Matter Children look to their parents or primary caregivers for almost everything. From providing the basic necessities like food and shelter to modeling how to talk, how to behave and how to interact with other people, most parents and caregivers realize that they are their children’s primary conduits to the world. Parents and caregivers […]

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