Teens' concussions increase risk of suicide attempts

Nobody likes to talk about suicide, especially when it comes to youth. But a new study has found some important statistics about teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. According to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, these teens are at "significantly greater odds" of:1. attempting suicide2. being bullied3. engaging in high-risk behaviors4. becoming a bully5. having sough counseling through a crisis helpline6. having been prescribed meds for depression, anxiety or both7. damaging property...more

Parents, Take Control & Get Respect

(I've been given permission to tell this story by my client and her daughter to help others who may be in the same boat.)...more

Easier to Love?

I adore being a mother. It’s the job I always wanted and one that I feel I’m really good at.Am I the perfect mother? Of course not. I don’t even come close.But I’ve always felt that motherhood fit my personality and talents well.That is, I used to feel that way.This September our eldest child, Tom, started high school and then a few months later turned 15....more

"Life Sucks!" says your teenage daughter. What do you do?

  This isn't just about daughters, this is how you talk to any child, any age about problems relating to low self-esteem, depression, low self-worth, etc....more

Mobile Phone Safety and Your Teen

 Two of my girls have mobile phones and with that comes another whole set of problems and exposes them to a multitude of varying risk factors....more

Wow! What a difference two years can make!!! So excited to share again.

Oh my goodness!!!I've had this nagging feeling for a few weeks. I miss my blog. First, I would like to convey how much I enjoy writing entries and second, it is an added bonus that someone else out there may be interested in how I do things. I love to have and share my (not-so-much) wisdom....more

Mixed post: best Mexican beans &rice recipe ever, TV, books&documentary reviews (&no mention of Miley or the VMA's, I swear;)

     I made excellent Mexican rice AND excellent homemade refried beans yesterday. I've been looking for a good recipe for both for about twenty years (not. kidding.) and I think I've lucked into a couple of Holy Grail's, recipewise. Both are cheap (important!) and easy (also! important!) and neither require any esoteric chef type techniques or ingredients.*the rice recipe: http://food52.com/recipes/1918-mexican-rice...more

How an App and Peer Pressure Won Me the Mother of the Year Award

When The Kid was little, I was petrified that something would happen to my little girl, and she wouldn't know what to do. I wanted to equip her for anything... bad touches, peer pressure, bullying, drugs, kidnapping. We played with dolls and acted things out, role-played scenes, and had mini-conversations. If it was suggested in a parenting magazine, I did it. Not obsessively, because I didn't want her to grow up to be a bigger freak than her DNA already assured she would be, but just enough that she would *hopefully* feel in control if something were to come up. ...more
@timessquared   The Kid is a mess!    I think she listens WAAAAAY more than we think.more

Ruling the Teen-dom

You remember the saying “when you have a child, it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around your body”? I think it’s really true when you’re the parent of a teen or tween except it’s more like your heart is being stomped....more