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Practice Makes Progress

We all agree that no one wants to suffer or have their child suffer. We don't want bad things to happen or trouble to come our way, or our child's. Yet, what appears and feels like discomfort,...

How to Ask the Right Questions

“How was your day?” “Fine.” “What did you learn today?” “Nothing.” “Are you finished with your science project?” “No.” Being on the receiving end of one-word answers from adolescents is all too...

The On Ramp to Fall Semester 2020

Uncertainty’s lingered far longer than we expected. I, like you, want a giant slice of permanent normal. No sprinkles or bows required, only our lives, livelihood and school to open like it has for...

5 Simple Steps to Apologizing

A dad asked his daughter to give a handful of her M&Ms to her brother from the big bag she’d bought. She shook her head. Prompted again, her answer remained the same.  Disparagingly, her dad...

Happy Father’s Day

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me”  Jim Valvano Thank You for Being an Incredible Dad The fabric of a dad’s life, your life, is woven together...
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Privilege Follows Responsibility
I coach a couple who questioned if perhaps, they were expecting too much from their 7th-grade son. In the summer ...
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Privilege Follows Responsibility

Always Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? Here's How to Quit Worrying
By Jennifer Taitz There isn’t always something negative on the horizon. Ever felt as if the joy of a big ...
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Always Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? Here’s How to Quit Worrying

Blinded-sided by Anxiety in 6th Grade
The school’s phone number popped up on my caller ID on that Tuesday, the third week of school. What I ...
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Blinded-sided by Anxiety in 6th Grade

Off They Go!
Gratitude from parents this week: Once school starts I won't miss these texts: Ryan stole my iPad, Emma ate my ...
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Off They Go!

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms
Here's a great read for parents about how to help their teens through emotional times. - JoAnnBy Lisa Damour Trying ...
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How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

On Target
School's starting, and the contrast between summer's casualness and school’s structure is palpable. Your child and you are not strangers to ...
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On Target

Because It's Not True
 I am coaching some very cool adolescents this summer. Each one is amazing. Here is one’s story about being bullied ...
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Because It’s Not True

Voice
Mary, a bubbly eighth grader, waited for her ride as I was leaving our middle school. She was excited, telling ...
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Voice

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