April 10, 2017

Check out Andrew P. Smiler, Author's fantastic guideline for conversations about sex with your son (or daughter!!!). Note, that's conversations, plural. Don't try to squeeze it all into one talk.

April 8, 2017

Parents underestimate their own teens' drinking. This is an awesome piece from American Academy of Pediatrics on why and how you should start the conversation about alcohol with your kids.

March 27, 2017

This is SUCH a hot-button topic of conversation in my world, and there are no easy answers. This piece is full of wonderful food for thought and discussion!

March 22, 2017

Sage and balanced advice, from a lacrosse coach, for parents of athletes big and small. "Don’t worry about what the coaches are doing, how the team is playing, who should be playing, if they are learning as fast as other teams, if they are a super star, or if they are...

February 28, 2017

Monitoring and restriction are not a substitute for education and conversations. (Lots and lots of conversations.) "If we want to help protect teens from online risks, we have to stop assuming that they are the perpetrators and treat them like partners." 

February 26, 2017

Many friends have shared this great post. Does anyone else have an #xplan equivalent that you are willing to share? By the way, if you have younger kids without cell phones, come up with a secret code phrase that they can call you with from a land line if they are ever...

January 4, 2017

For those of you still working on New Year's resolutions-- chores!

December 23, 2016

Permission before posting. I started asking my kids for their permission before posting their photos about one year ago. They appreciate it, and I'm hopeful that it will teach them to slow down, think, and also ask for permission before they share photos of their frien...

November 12, 2016

Freshman orientation is not when we should be teaching consent for the first time. Consent can be taught from a very early age-- before it even has anything to do with sex.  It's never too early to start teaching empathy, respect and responsibility for actions. Check o...

November 4, 2016

Such a great piece. We call them elbows and noses and knees. What's so different about those other parts??  
"I want children to understand that they can ask questions about those body parts and get them answered; that we’ll treat those conversations in a medical...

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