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Aug22
A College Education, the Key to a Happy Life or Not?

A College Education, the Key to a Happy Life or Not?

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My oldest son is going to be a junior in high school this year. Already people have started asking where he is going to college, what he wants to study, what he wants to do with his life. His answer is always the same, “I don’t know,” followed by a shrug. Then they look at me. I shrug.

Aug08
Stages of Grief vis-à-vis Grounding the Teenager

Stages of Grief vis-à-vis Grounding the Teenager

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One of my teenage sons is grounded. Possibly for the rest of his natural born life, which might end up being quite short. Ooops, I think that was me slipping back into the anger stage there for a moment.

Jul22
Your Teen Has a Friend You Don’t Like, 11 Things You Can Do About It

Your Teen Has a Friend You Don’t Like, 11 Things You Can Do About It

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It’s bound to happen. Your kid is going to make a friend that you don’t like. What do you do? How do you know whether to step in or stand back?

Jul20
Motivating Meals

Motivating Meals

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I have finally figured out how to get my teenage son to help around the house.

Jul11
Are Your Kids Ready For Summer Sleep Away Camp?  Are You?

Are Your Kids Ready For Summer Sleep Away Camp? Are You?

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Summer camp. The butt of many jokes, the setting for many horror movies, the rite of passage that marks the period of childhood when one is old enough to be away from home, yet not old enough to have any responsibilities. How do you know when the time is right?

Jul05
Home Alone, the Milestone Not the Movie

Home Alone, the Milestone Not the Movie

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In the past week I have had conversations with several people about what age is okay to leave your child home alone. What do you think?

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