It’s "Fri-yay"!!! We’ve made it through another long week of “please cover your mouth when you sneeze” carpools, “if you don’t sign I get in trouble” agenda signing, “I hate sandwiches” lunch packing, “I need another drink of water” bedtimes, “I forgot my cleats” soccer practices, and “I don’t understand this” homework…..the grind! This Friday… Continue reading Its Overdose Awareness Day
As we pulled out of the school parking lot yesterday, I asked my 12-year-old how her day was. “Fine”, was apparently all she could muster. I continued to prod with questions about her new classes and teachers, if she had any old friends in her classes, etc. until eventually she made some sassy remark to me basically saying she didn’t want to talk about it. I can’t remember her exact words because I’m pretty sure I was seeing red by that point in shock that this 12-year-old, whom I do everything for, was seriously talking to me in that tone of voice! After a few minutes of silence though, while I tamed the dragon inside of me that wanted to spew fire out, I asked her “what’s wrong”. She said she was just stressed out.
As you, like so many of us, prepare to add onto our news feed that picture collage full of our kids in their backpacks headed off to a new year of school, you may be feeling teary eyed or nostalgic. Or, if you’re like me - you are just plain ready to hug a teacher somewhere!… Continue reading Back to School!
"I'm bored". The dreaded summer whining that parents everywhere are trying to avoid hearing at least for the first few weeks of summer. There's always "those parents" who seem to have every moment of summer booked with life changing enrichment activities, but most of the rest of us are just struggling through trying to find some… Continue reading Parent Talk: Stages of Summer
For those of us in the boomer generation, we remember family dinners around the table with face-to-face conversations about our day, current events, and a multitude of other topics. No cell phones, no tablets, no computers, no iPads, and no TV during dinner. Little did we know back then the most impacting mental health therapy… Continue reading The Lost Art of “Tête-a-Tête”
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, we are sharing a compilation of Poison Control Tips for our partners at our Poison Control Center! #PreventPoison #NPPW18 #PoisonHelp Prescription Medications: Keep away from children, take as directed, and avoid sharing with others. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or poison center experts about side effects and symptoms before… Continue reading Poison Prevention Week
At times, those of us in prevention can sound like a broken record when it comes to the important role of parents in preventing youth substance use. While it may be readily accepted as a truth in parenting, we may not always follow up with the “how”… Well, here we are - intent on following up… Continue reading Parent Talk:Your Teens and Relationships
As I moved at a snail’s pace at the parent drop off line at the first of three schools for the day, I found myself looking at all the cars and kiddos as they exited. I wondered what kind of parents were in each of them. I found myself being very judgy…of myself. The thoughts… Continue reading Chocolate Chips and Connecting
As I browse through my TimeHop app and see pictures of my children just a few years ago, I am painfully aware that I have fewer and fewer years left with my kids before they are grown and ready to fly out of the nest. I swear it was just yesterday I was holding their… Continue reading Setting Rules
It’s 8 am and I’m already exhausted. So far, I’ve gotten all three kids ready, fed, and off to 3 different schools despite the fact that my oldest “never has anything to wear” and my youngest spent the entire car ride sobbing because he couldn’t bring the snail he found on the driveway, I showered… Continue reading Stress Busting Ninja