Do you remember Show-and-Tell? Other than field day, it was basically the apex of elementary life. I can still remember what I took to show off to my 2nd grade class on Show-and-Tell day. I brought a little glass figurine/doll that my grandma had given me that I thought was so … [Read more...] about Mistaken Identity: Who Do You Think You Are?
Let’s face it, the world is a different place than it was 20 years ago. While as parents we experienced many of the same struggles as our teenagers today, new challenges have arisen with the dawn of the “digital age”. Please understand that I am not “anti” social media, or any … [Read more...] about Establishing Social Media Guidelines for Teens
The raw, powerful Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has generated a fair bit of discussion and controversy. Based on a novel with the same title, the series tells the story of a girl, Hannah, who leaves behind tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. The … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Pay Attention to 13 Reasons Why
This is Part 2 of a blog series about cultivating your child's inner voice. So, recently my first-grade son comes up to me one evening and says, “Mom, I am terrible at spelling, and I just want to quit doing it!” I was actually a bit surprised by this revelation because I … [Read more...] about Cultivating Your Child’s Inner Voice Part 2: Value Effort Over Outcome
The Problem Around ten years into our marriage, my wife and I were arguing daily about a subject that many couples face. We had three preschoolers at the time. This phone call may sound familiar to you: Me: “I have to stay at work late. . . again.” My wife: … [Read more...] about The Phone Call: I Have to Work Late