What Adolescent Girls Wish Their Parents Understood About Them - This excerpt is from the girls’ section of “Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff” by Julie Metzger and Robert Lehmann. Some of the questions most frequently asked by adolescent girls are featured in this chapter, “How Can I Make My […]
How Parents Can Help Improve the Quality of a Teen’s Sleep - Within three days of starting high school this year, my ninth-grader could not get into bed before 11 p.m. or wake up by 6 a.m. He complained he couldn’t fall asleep but felt foggy during the school day and had to reread lessons a few times at night to finish his homework. And forget morning […]
How to Help Kids Manage Sleep, Schoolwork and Screens - In the aftermath of a huge New England snowstorm, a friend’s car got stuck driving down KJ Dell’Antonia’s driveway. So she and her four children bundled up and headed out with shovels. After freeing the car once, it slid into a snowbank, and they had to start again as the sun was setting. It was “hard, […]
HOW TO RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD’S FRIENDSHIP PROBLEMS - Your daughter comes home from school and her heart is broken. Her best friends have told her they don’t want her to come to the sleepover they have planned for the weekend. Or your son sees on Snapchat that all his mates are at the skate park without him. To your child, the time has […]
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO HELP AN ANGRY CHILD - A work friend told me that her five-year-old daughter, Maya, has a problem with anger. Apparently, Maya screws up her face tenses up her body and says slowly and deliberately, “I am very angry”. All respect to my friend, but I think she’s wrong. To me, Maya has a healthy handle on anger. It’s the […]
WHY YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT SEX…OFTEN - For many of us, there are few things more uncomfortable than teaching kids about sex. I’m not talking about reproduction. That’s relatively simple. But sex? What happens and how we treat one another during sex? Well, that’s a bit more difficult. For a start, you have to view your child as a sexual being. That […]
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRAISE AND BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM - Self-esteem is seen as a cure-all for social problems. We believe that if we give kids high self-esteem, they will withstand peer pressure and be successful. They will resist drugs and alcohol, they won’t bully and they will never be pressured into bad situations. They will stand up for themselves and have clear boundaries and […]
LOVE IS A GIFT – BEAUTIFUL BRITISH TALE THAT WILL HAVE YOU IN TEARS (CLIP 2MIN 27SEC) - This lovely short film, titled Love is a Gift, was created by British filmmaker Phil Beastall. It’s a great reminder of what is important at Christmas time. If you have lost someone you love, be aware that it is very emotional. If you would like to access resources to support you in your grief, I […]
THE TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL: HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE A GREAT START - The end of the school year is exciting for most of us. Holidays to look forward to, long sleep-ins and time with our friends and family. But not for everyone. Across the road from me lives one of the most charming 12 year-olds I’ve ever known. I’ve watched her grow from a tulle-clad little angel […]
WHAT IS THE QUESTION THAT WILL HELP KIDS FIND HEALTHY FRIENDSHIPS? - The most fundamental desire of a human being is to be loved and to belong. We want connection. For our children, friendship is everything. It is also the thing they worry about most. They want to fit in, but sometimes that need to fit in leads them to ignore the most important question they should […]