Do your kids agree with your politics? Do you expect them too? Are parents crazy, or justified, to think they should? If not, how do you resolve political conflicts as a family? Of course, we all want our kids to share our values. We created these kids, after all. It seems inherently parental to pass onto our children our beliefs about religion, ethics, morality, justice, … [Read more...] about What If Your Kids Don’t Agree With Your Politics?
The knee-jerk New Year's vows are personal, to the point of narcissism: I will lose weight, I will give up chocolate, I will join a gym, I will get a promotion, I will become a vegan. Maybe that's why we so often fail to keep them. It's not too late to make achievable New Year's Resolutions. In fact, now that it's almost mid-January and everyone is settled into their … [Read more...] about Making New Year’s Resolutions With Your Kids
Holidays with family are supposed to be joyous, right? Especially the ones we’re heading into right now. Well, like so many parenting myths, not always. Our parental instinct is to protect kids from bad news, at the holidays and at all times. But sometimes, it’s better to teach our kids how to handle challenging news. And to help them find the inner resources to deal with … [Read more...] about Breaking Difficult News To Your Kids Over The Holidays
When I was a girl, my parents taught me to play tennis, to ski, to ride a bike and drive a car. What they never taught me: how to have a healthy romantic relationship. They gave other feedback freely – validation of my love of reading and black raspberry ice cream, and fair punishment when I stole my best friend’s new ballet shoes. But my parents never once offered a comment … [Read more...] about How to Teach Your Kid to Marry the Right Person
I am raising three teenagers. Their behavior frustrates me. The risks they take terrify me. But a new Federal survey conducted among 50,000 teenagers shows that I’m dead wrong to be so amped up. Because today’s teens are actually far more mature and responsible than I was at their age. Here’s the good news for 2017. American teenagers today Have sex less Drink … [Read more...] about How Concerned Should We Be About Our Teens