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  • on Apr 25, 2011 in life lessons general advice
    When I spoke to a group of teenagers on communication, one teenager wanted to talk about something else. During lunch break she visited with me privately.What she wanted to talk about was how to hang on to what you believe to be true about yourself,...
  • Parenting is Not about Being the BFFYour job is not to be your child’s “best-friend” or “sibling.” Parents using this style tend to view a child as a confidante, which typically means giving too much information.Experience tells us children become easily burdened by parental...
  • Cell Phone and Internet Use Agreements for CaregiversRESOURCES and TOOLS for Parents (Internet Safety) Cell phone and Internet Use Agreements: If you'd like a copy of a parental/child agreement for cell phone or Internet use, please email me. Write "Send me parental agreements" in subject line.For oth...
  • Exactly As I AmWhile writing Helping Your Daughter Live a Powerful Life (release date: 2011), I read Exactly as I Am by Shaun Robinson, a book filled with advice from well-known women.Following are some excellent nuggets from Robinson about “what it takes to beli...
  • Braces Off!
    on Jan 16, 2011 in life lessons general advice braces
    This column first ran in the newspapers summer 2010.Addy got the good news her braces would come off in early June.It is such a momentous occasion, Addy’s orthodontist schedules a day every six weeks strictly for his patients who are having their h...
  • Roughing ItDoes your teen need an attitude adjustment? Have you entertained the idea of shipping him or her off to one of those host families on CMT’s “Worlds Strictest Parents?” Maybe you are looking for a more practical solution, one where you don’t h...
  • I Know More Than You Think
    on Nov 12, 2010 in life lessons general advice values
    I asked my daughter, Addy, what parents should know about teenagers today.She immediately had a response: “Parents of teens need to understand that we know a lot about things—more than they think, probably. We get it from TV, Internet and our fri...
  • Do You Know Where You Are Going To?Recently a song has been playing repeatedly in my head. It starts: “Do you know where you are going to?”It continues with lyrics that ask listeners if they are pleased with “what life is showing” them. This song reminds me how important it...
  • I Messed Up!
    on Nov 3, 2010 in life lessons general advice choice
    We’re all human.We all make mistakes.While sitting here writing this article, I can recall many of the mistakes I’ve made in my lifetime.More importantly, I also remember how I felt.My first recollection of making mistakes involved the dinner tab...
  • The Get-Away PlanA friend told me about an out-of-town trip she was taking alone. If you are the primary caregiver, you know the basics of the story, something along the lines of the following: Primary Caregiver makes all the necessary plans for her trip. “I’ve...
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