A Family Guide for Surviving the Summer

Routine out the window? Follow these three steps to make the season less chaotic and more joyful.

While not all of summer is destined to feel like a day at the beach, setting routines and expectations for the season can make it more manageable and enjoyable for the whole family. I am a creature of routine. I like my daily habits. Which makes the summer rather problematic for me; three of our four […]

What Makes Teens ‘Most Likely to Succeed?’

These skills are vital for high school graduates.

As a sociologist who’s done much research on elite performance and productivity, I’ve given a lot of thought to the skills that lead to success in the modern economy. What I’ve found applies not only to adults, but to kids, including teens graduating from high school this spring. Parents, too, take note: As many graduates […]

Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day?

Here’s an icky confession: Since becoming a mother, I have dreaded Mother’s Day. The whole holiday has, somehow, left me feeling unappreciated. I’ve tended to get in a funk, and not out of grief or some sort of well-defined pain — I can only imagine how hard Mother’s Day must be for someone who has lost […]

How to Help Your Teen Deal With Stress

It’s OK for kids to be uncomfortable on the path to finding calm.

“Are your kids totally happy and squared away?” a reporter recently asked me earnestly during an interview. Gah. I really hate that question. My kids are awesome. Easy to raise. Fun to be around. But they aren’t perfect, and, ironically, I worry that they will be as anxious as I was for the first 40 […]

10 Conversation Starters for Talking to Teens About Sex

Rather than broaching the topic just once, it’s important to have an ongoing dialogue.

Personally, I would love it if we could just have one “sex talk” with our kids and be done with it. Or, it would be great if they could just learn what they need to know about sex from their school’s puberty unit in science class. But no such luck. Experts recommend that we talk […]

The New Sex Talk: 3 Tips to Get You Started

Times have changed, and so has how we talk to our kids about sex.

The summer before I started high school, unbeknownst to me, my mother tasked my father with giving me the “sex talk” on a six-hour road trip. I had never kissed a boy, or seen an R-rated movie. We didn’t have the Internet yet. I didn’t know that people have sex for pleasure; that would be […]

How to Help Teens Get More Sleep

Sleep is, arguably, the golden ticket to happiness. Our silver bullet to success. A straight shot to both physical and mental health.

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I am writing this from the front lines: My 16-year-old stepdaughter’s messy bed. It’s a little after 9:00 o’clock. I’m surrounded by various evidence of teenage life: her guitar, a red bandana, a cardboard box and the pile of clothes that used to be in it (ordered online from a thrift store), her phone, the dog’s […]