But Mom, It’s Clean

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“Mom, can I download this song?” How do you answer this question? Better yet, how do we teach our kids to make good media decisions with the movies, songs and TV shows they absorb? The key is in one word… [Read more...]

Does Political Correctness Increase Bullying?

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If you are like me you are sick of hearing about this topic.  But that begs the question: is bullying becoming a bigger problem within our culture, or does the media just sensationalize it because it is the topic du jour?  If it is increasing maybe one reason is the constraints that political correctness forces [Read More...]

Provoking Conversations with Teenagers

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Provoking teenagers probably isn’t on your to-do list today, but if you’re a parent of a teen, then you would probably give your left arm for a recipe to provoke meaningful conversations with your son or daughter. Here’s a peek at what this actually looks like… [Read more...]

The Original Giant Bully

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In light of the recent allegations of ‘bullying’ between two NFL behemoths that have the media in such a dither, I thought I would weigh in on the issue.  Rather than post the original blog I intended and risk getting skewered on the rapier of public opinion for my traditional (i.e.: old fashioned) views, I [Read More...]

Getting Teenagers Talking

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Let’s face it. It’s not always easy to engage a teenager in meaningful conversation. If you’re a parent of a teen, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But why is it so difficult to get a teen to open up? Probably because we are talking to them about the wrong thing… [Read more...]

Where Can Parents go When They Need a Tuneup?

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As a family and parenting advocate I get the pleasure of meeting a wide variety of people who are passionate about improving the lives of families and children.  Since I believe that the more people who are exposed to the many excellent programs out there the better it is for everyone, I enjoy partnering with [Read More...]

5 Parenting Tips You Don’t Typically Hear

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As a parenting author, I’ve seen hundreds of parenting books and read countless articles. Often, they are echoing the same principles. I’m not knocking it… I’ve written numerous articles about the biggies that parents often neglect, like spending more time with your kids. But here are 5 tips you don’t find being taught in the [Read More...]

Why Males and Females Can’t Communicate (part 2)

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How Males Communicate In contrast to the way females communicate, males often prefer a more simplistic type of communication that gets directly to the point. I was speaking at a conference explaining to a group of mental health professionals (almost all of whom were women) on how to communicate with males–specifically younger males.  I was [Read More...]


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