Who knew that helping my pack rat kid dig out her room before college would actually make me laugh?
I’ve been focusing so much energy on getting ready to let go of my college freshman, I forgot I was going to have to do a trial run with her brother, first.
Is gardening really a decent metaphor for raising children? I think it is, in many ways. “You reap what you sow” is only kind of true… and that’s okay.
How do we switch gears from “child we provide for” to “young adult who must provide for herself” in a way that makes sense? In our case, slowly.
A reader asks how to handle a teen who buys into majority politics in what she sees as extreme state, but really, the issue is teaching both critical thinking and tolerance.
There’s nothing like a few little health scares to make you think about your assumptions and the future.
Recent events in the news are enough to make a rational person want to secede from the human race. How can we make this a learning opportunity for our teens?
A reader asks how to help a teen stick out a difficult activity when the other kids are making things unpleasant.
The decision to own a pool is not one to be taken lightly, so I have a few simple questions to help you figure out if it’s right for your family.
It seems like there was supposed to be an immediate shift, somewhere in the whole turning-18-and-graduating-high-school thing. But life is full of moments.
Graduation is almost here, and so are all of the feelings that accompany it. Time to make a to-do list and focus on that, I guess.
A reader wants to know how you teach kids to study when they’re resistant to doing so. This may not be the answer she wants, but it’s all I’ve got.
My youngest is about to embark on a new adventure: college (as a dual-enrolled high schooler)! It’s weird and wonderful and scary and awesome.
Those generic “what to buy for your college freshman” lists are missing some key items for our kids coping with ADHD. I’ve got some additions for that list.
Oh, those halcyon final days of high school when… your college-bound teen knows everything and you’re just stupid. Yeah. Um. Take a deep breath.
While a child’s 18th birthday is a big deal no matter what, it’s especially meaningful to our family that our once-struggling kid is now, finally, thriving.
Recipe for how to make spaghetti and meatballs, a great meal all kids should know how to make before leaving home!
I tell stories for a living, but we all tell stories to ourselves and others all day long. How can we learn to make them ones that work for us?
A reader asks what the deal is with “gender fluidity” among teens; why is it on the rise, and how should we respond to it?
A lifetime of nagging my children in the name of “helping” is coming to a close, because we all need me to back off. It’s hard, but I’m working on it.