Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen
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Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen

We often think of parents and children as existing on opposite sides of a wide communication gap built of generational misunderstandings. Too often that gap leads both parents and kids to simply avoid what they both see as awkward conversations about sexuality, substance abuse, and even simple topics like school performance and peer relationships. When…

Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview
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Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview

The response broadcast interviews about the Netflix miniseries Thirteen Reasons Why was so strong during the 9:00am hour on April 27th, that Mark Alford and I decided to move the conversation on to Facebook, where we took questions from a number of viewers. Mark asked some great questions and we therefore didn’t get to as…

Fox 4 Morning Show: Thirteen Reasons Why
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Fox 4 Morning Show: Thirteen Reasons Why

On Thursday April 27, 2017 I joined Kim Nick Vasos and Kim Byrnes to discuss the Netflix original series Thirteen Reasons Why. TV is always an immediate format, and we only decided to do this show on Monday morning. My daughter and I had read the book by Jay Asher back in 2010 while working…

Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?
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Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?

Every parent feels like a broken record at some point. Having to ask your child or teen 15 times to get something accomplished is frustrating and builds resentment. Many parents find themselves managing a lot of “shoulds” i.e the kids “should” listen, they “shouldn’t” have to repeat themselves, the kids “shouldn’t” be ignoring what is…

The High School Senior's Scholarship Dilemma
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The High School Senior's Scholarship Dilemma

I’ve noticed a troubling trend in financial aid that has me questioning how young people make decisions about where to go to college. It goes like this: Billy takes the ACT, scores 32, applies to several colleges and then takes the best scholarship package offered. Nothing new there. The new trend—or perhaps I’m just now…

Child Proofing Your Divorce
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Child Proofing Your Divorce

I see many adults still caught in the pincer of their parent’s divorce. Therapists have for years been pushing the idea that kids are more important than hashing and rehashing your bad marriage or divorce. Yet, that memo doesn’t always seem to be read. If you’ve been down that path yourself, it may surprise you to learn…