Archive | March, 2015

Free to Be… You and Me…: Three Rules for Personal Comfort

31 Mar

Part One of Four

As I began writing this piece a while back, the Oscars were on….two of the acceptance speeches grabbed my attention as perfect fits for helping kids – and ourselves – to get and stay comfortable in their/our own skins. Continue reading

Tackling the Tough Stuff

24 Mar

First – PLEASE take the time to read this article by Adam Strassberg, M.D. about teen suicide in his community AND good parenting.

This is my commentary about both Adam’s article and my experience, first as a high school counselor and coach and now as the parent of a teenager.

Way back in the mid-80’s, on my first day ever as a young high school counselor (as in not that much older than the students and much younger than the majority of the staff) at a local Catholic girls high school, I walked into a flurry of shock, tears and grief. Continue reading

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

12 Mar

In honor of #tbt (that’s Throw-Back Thursday) we are bringing back some of our (and your!) favorite pieces, many of them updated with new pics! Enjoy!

For me, the only thing worse than my love/hate relationship with my 13 year old son, is talking to the occasional mom who maintains that she doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with her teenager because between them it is all fine, all the time… Is that even possible? Continue reading

#TBT: Where the H@## Did He Learn That?

5 Mar

In honor of #TBT (that’s Throw-Back Thursday) we are bringing back some of our (and your!) favorite pieces, many of them updated with new pics! Enjoy!

A few nights ago, after a particularly difficult couple of days of arguing with Ben – about his grades, his homework habits, writing his Bar Mitzvah thank you notes and 23 other things, he announced to his grandparents and aunt, who were over for dinner, “I think my mom has had her period for a whole year, she’s so bitchy.” It was so funny and outrageous, that instead of getting even madder at him, I burst out laughing.

And this, I’m afraid, is the problem. Continue reading

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Kid-Mit-Ment

3 Mar

KMM - need most love