Parenting

When flight MH17 was downed between Amsterdam and Malaysia, Good Morning America asked me to come in and discuss it.  In particular, how do you talk to children and teens when bad things, like this plane crash, happen? 1. We live in social media world. There are going to be all kinds of graphic and […]

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It was a great Good Morning America segment this morning!  We focused on a new viral Verizon campaign and ad that questions whether it’s time to move from telling our girls that she’s simply “pretty” to telling them that they are “pretty brilliant” too. What are we telling our girls about their abilities in math […]

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ABC US News | ABC International News Kim Brooks left her child in the car for 5 minutes to run into a store and get her child a pair of ear phones.  Her four year old son stayed in the locked car, the windows cracked on a mild day because he didn’t want to go […]

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Resilience, empathy and leadership. Respect, compassion and perseverance. Authenticity, gratitude and integrity. In preparation for my presentation Creating a Community of Character: Inspiring our children to become role models for The American Camp Association tomorrow, I asked my Facebook audience yesterday for their top 3 values that they would like to see in their children.  […]

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My daughter’s current goal is to learn how to do a cartwheel. She’s four years old and loves gymnastics.  And while some might believe that goal-setting with a preschooler might seem premature, I beg to differ.  I figure, teach them now and it will be a natural part of their lives forever more. Of course […]

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It’s impossible to forget the morning of the Newtown Massacre.  Twenty-six innocent lives were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary at the hand of a deranged and angry gunman. Children. Teachers. School staff. The whole event is still raw, even one year later.  My heart, like yours, goes out to the families and loved ones of […]

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I was on the Today Show this morning talking about teens and sexting.  A new study suggests that boys are sexting more than ever–  aiming to get the attention of girls in profoundly inappropriate ways.  Here are some questions parents have asked me– and some answers that I hope will be helpful to you as […]

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We don’t mean to do it.  But so many of us do it anyway. “This is my shy one.” “She’s my tom boy.” “He’s my clown.” “She’s my reader.” “He’s my little athlete.” “She’s great in spelling.” “He’s great in math.” “She doesn’t like sports.” “He can’t sit still for a minute.” When we label […]

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Girls rock.  Put a bunch together and it can be a great deal of fun, laughs and heart to heart conversations. Except when it isn’t. Sometimes groups of girls have problems getting along.  They fight, gossip and hurt each other’s feelings.  At times it feels like a uphill battle while at the same time a […]

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Yesterday was one of my worst parenting days.  You ever have one of those? Coming off a night of tossing and turning I just shouldn’t have gotten out of bed.  But with a 3 and a 4 year old, you really don’t have that option.  So groggy with a bit of cotton-head I got up […]

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