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A Yearly Perk for Middle Schoolers

  A super-cool perk of being in middle school is the giant window of opportunity that lies before your child on the elective side of the course selection sheet. These classes provide the...

How Mission Control Really Works

  It happens all the time. You start a project with clarity, energy, and time. And then the interruptions begin. You don't want to engage with anyone because you're on a mission. You love your...

Help Your Tween Start 2022 on a High Note

  We frame each new year with a deficit model. We stake out specific resolutions for self-improvement. We need to lose weight, quit smoking, or join a gym. We want to reduce screen time and...

You Made It!

  I wanted to pop in your inbox before 2022 to say well done. I salute your commitment to learning about, being with, and loving your transforming and fascinating adolescent. I understand that...

The Stranger

  Minding my own business, I stood in line at Sprouts, balancing a pint of strawberries and three avocadoes. I noticed the man behind me holding a beautiful bouquet in one hand and steering his...
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Life is Fragile
We live our lives with the best intentions to honor ourselves as well as those we care about and love. At ...
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Life is Fragile

Get it Done: Don’t Let Your Mojo Slip
Life’s unpredictability in this third decade of the 21 century requires that our mojo, grit, and determination keep us motivated ...
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Get it Done: Don’t Let Your Mojo Slip

6 Things Your Tween Needs from You as School Starts
Tweens lives are wonky as they are no longer children, and years away from adulthood. Their moodiness and unpredictableness confuses ...
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6 Things Your Tween Needs from You as School Starts

How to Help Your Adolescent Set Goals
Setting goals with your adolescent can be tricky. Over-laying your goals on them and expecting them to acquiesce is not ...
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How to Help Your Adolescent Set Goals

How to Make Friends
After more than a year of fluctuating learning locations teachers, counselors, and administrators welcome students into classrooms this fall!  Some ...
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How to Make Friends

How to Talk About Moral Differences
How to Talk About Moral Differences By JoAnn Schauf We’re so much better at communicating compassion, empathy, and kindness. Those ...
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How to Talk About Moral Differences

father with daughter
Tomorrow isn't Promised By JoAnn Schauf I’ve been thinking about my dad since the marketing hype for Father’s Day began ...
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Father’s Day Wishes

We’re so Close to Normal
We're so Close to Normal By JoAnn Schauf This morning my favorite coffee shop owners took the chairs off the ...
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We’re so Close to Normal

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