Help Surviving the Teenage Years

Parenting teenagers is difficult.  I’m not quite there with my two boys, but I’ve heard the stories from friends and family members about this sometimes challenging period of child-rearing.  The themes that I hear repeatedly are that teens are not fulfilling their potential academically or socially, they can be disrespectful towards authority and they are

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‘C’ Mom Overreact

      If your kids are school-aged, chances are, you already have expectations about what their grades should be.  You’ve seen what they are capable of and if they are falling short, you know it immediately. This week, my ten-year old got a ‘C’ on a reading test.  I knew right away that this

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Melting it Down

At what age should meltdowns stop?  I only ask this because my second-grader still seems prone to them on occasion.  My fourth-grader appears to be able to regulate frustration and other difficult emotions fairly well, but he is two years older.  Then again, I am forty, and I still have my moments. The recurring struggle

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Recess: is that all there is?

This is a typical exchange I have with my 8-year-old son: “How was school today?” I’ll ask. “Good.” “What did you learn today?” His response, “Nothing.” “What was the best part of your day?” The answer is always, “Recess.” I don’t know about you, but these exchanges leave me wanting.  They also leave me a

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Girls and Middle School

Do you remember what middle school was like?  These memories alone will stir your reserves of compassion for any middle-schooler you are raising.  Middle-school is the time when a child begins to develop their independence and their individuality.  Unfortunately, individuality can make them stand-out and sometimes, this ends up being to their detriment. Obviously, from

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