How the “Race to College” is Impacting our Kids

There has been a nearly 37% increase in adolescent depression from 2005-2014.   (Pediatrics, November 2016).   Today’s teens report levels of stress that are higher than adults, exceeding levels that are healthy. (American Psychological Association, 2014). Suicide rates, particularly among adolescent girls, doubled from 2007-2014 and reached a 40 year high in 2014 (CDC, 2017). WHAT […]

Back To School Blues? You’re Not Alone

Back to school….Three little words that evoke a variety of emotions for parents and teens alike. For parents, back to school means more juggling, more conflicts about getting schoolwork done, tougher mornings, and more drama.  Although the structure of a school day and week is definitely nice. For our teens, it’s generally not fun to […]

Ten Important Reminders for Parents of Teens and Tweens

Our friends in the UK, Rayden Solicitors, have graciously agreed to let us share their recent blog post written by Nadia Biles Davies about a seminar Rayden recently hosted.   Her top 10 takeaways are a must read! Last week saw Rayden Solicitors host a panel of experts at our Supporting Teens and Tweens Seminar […]

A Few Minutes for Yourself Can Get Rid of Stress

This week we are lucky to have a guest blogger, Sarah Jones.  Sarah writes for Relax Everyday where she teaches her readers about the different relaxation strategies to achieve a healthier mind and body. By doing so, she helps to express her knowledge on meditation, relaxation, and massages. I know I can always use tips […]

Summer Must Reads

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. End of school year craziness and then the beginning of summer have thrown me off. While I haven’t been writing, I’ve definitely been reading. Here are some of my “favorite” articles of late. I hope you’ll learn from them like I have. Raising “good” kids is […]

We Need to Teach our Teens What a Healthy Relationship Is

Sexual harassment, misogyny, “slut shaming.” The Making Caring Common Project out of Harvard University, released new research this week about the disturbingly high rates of these behaviors in today’s young people.  Their national survey of 18 to 25-year-old “reports 87% percent of women reported having experienced at least one of the following during their lifetime: […]

13 Reasons Why is Not Going Away

I can’t believe it.  Five weeks later and people are still talking about 13 Reasons Why. Amidst all the critique, teens have risen up to create hope.  This week, Oxford High School students created “13 Reasons Why Not.”  If this doesn’t speak to the power of teens helping teens, I don’t know what does. I am still […]

More 13 Reasons Why

It’s hard to believe, but two weeks later, 13 Reasons Why is still a huge topic. I recently wrote a guide for parents and educators that you can find on the main page of our website. If you’re interested in learning or discussing more, I encourage you to reach out through this blog, or “like” […]

13 Reasons Why: Helpful or Harmful?

  13 Reasons Why (13RW) was released on Netflix last week (3/31/17) amid much fanfare. Jay Asher’s 2007 book had a large following, and the idea of a show based off that book took off. Trailers were everywhere, and many, including myself, were intrigued. 13 Reasons Why is about a teenaged girl, Hannah Baker, who […]

The Power of a Simple Letter (#xplan)

  One of the best pieces of parenting advice I’ve seen lately is the X Plan, from Burt Fulks, a father of three. In a nutshell, the X plan enables a teen to text the letter “X” to their parents or siblings when they are in a potentially dangerous situation. The parent or sibling will […]

Making Peace with “Good Enough”

Accepting what is, parent the child you have, remember your child is not you. These are the themes I stress in parent talks as ways to cultivate your child’s positive self-image and improve the parent-child relationship. Why then am I finding it so difficult to follow my own advice? Not surprisingly, it’s much easier for […]

The Importance of the “Soft Skills”

How is it that so many people who didn’t go to “Ivy League” colleges manage to be very successful? And how do some “average” students manage to be more well-rounded and successful than overachievers? The answers can be found in the “soft skills.” In today’s dynamic world, the ability to interact well with others, to […]

We Can’t Ignore the Dangers of the Online World

  In the last two weeks, I have heard of a rape and sextortion case both related to the app Kik. The rape involved a college student who met up in person with a man she had been corresponding with online. Their meeting took a tragic turn when he drove her to a secluded area […]

It’s Hard to be a Girl

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a teen girls’ empowerment workshop this past weekend. Coincidentally, the workshop was the day after I attended the Los Angeles Woman’s March.  Regardless of your politics or beliefs, the sheer volume of people who showed up for the march proves what I saw written on so […]

Suicide Rates In Young Adults: Education And Prevention

This week, we are grateful to Pat McGraw at the Prevention Coalition for a guest post on such an important topic.  You can reach Pat at Photo via Pixabay by Cparks Suicide affects many families across the U.S. each year, and unfortunately it has a long reach; far from being a serious problem only for adults, […]

Reflections on a New Year

  Another year has come and gone.   Another opportunity to make (and if you’re like me, break) New Year’s resolutions. Maybe this will be the year I exercise more, eat more vegetables, or yell less at my kids. Sound familiar? One thing I am going to commit to more this year is being “present.”   If […]

For Many Men, the Struggle is Real

In the last year and a half, I have been connected peripherally to 4 deaths by suicide. All four were white, middle to upper socioeconomic class men in their 40s, all four of them fathers. The statistics say that this specific group’s rate of death by suicide is rising. I don’t have intimate knowledge of […]

A “Perfect Parent” is Different Than You Might Think

As I’ve written about before, there is so much pressure to be a “perfect parent.” It begins before your child is even born, sometimes even conceived. Books and opinions proliferate about how to discipline, what to feed them and when, the best toys for learning, etc. I could go on and on, but you probably […]