Do you get “earphone silence” from your teenager?

When I was taking my son to driving school this morning, I noticed he was wearing his earphones and watching something on his cell. The car was quiet, so I decided to put music on to maybe get his attention. Nothing. Then, I started to dance and move my arms around like a crazy mom. Nothing. Finally, I gently tap his foot to get his…

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How to build your teenager’s self-esteem

    Growing up, I felt like I was too skinny. When I flipped through magazines, I wished my boobs were bigger like the models and my curves were more pronounced. Now, with social media bringing images of a curvaceous Kylie Kardashian or a buff Zac Efron into the smartphones in the palms of their hands, its it’s even more difficult for teenagers to gain high self-esteem….

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Private School or Public School? Which is the better choice?

This morning after a 5:30 am run with my running group,  we had a discussion on public versus private school for our kids.  Now, keep in mind, we all have kids of different ages.  One has toddlers, another has elementary school kids, another has high schoolers and another has middle school kids.  I, of course, have college and high school age children. Niow,  keep in mind,…

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When should you let your teenager start dating?

    Teenagers hang out. Teenagers text each other. Teenagers socialize in groups. So, at what age do teenagers date? This has been a BIG topic of conversation in my home. My 16-year-old son, Garret just had his first experience with dating and decided he would rather not date right now. Garret has had a crush on a certain girl since first grade. They now…

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Why a father is worried about his son going to prom

    Paul Castronovo of Big 105.9 FM has been a radio personality in South Florida for decades. He also has another role that he is just as proud of — being a dad. Now that Castronovo’s son, AJ, has become a teenager, Paul is experiencing the challenges of fatherhood that many parents of teenagers confront on a daily basis. We had a fun conversation…

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Motherhood in 2018 is messy

    I am watching the Today Show, actually I’m listening to it on my car radio, when Savannah Guthrie describes motherhood as “messy.” Yes, Savannah that’s the word I would use, too. Motherhood in 2018 is messy. When you are the mother of young children, the mess is literal. Fingerprints on sliding glass doors, spilled juice in restaurants, filthy soccer cleats staining your carpets….

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How to deal with teen stress during final exams

    It’s here…that stressful time of year when a meltdown can happen at any given moment. As the school year closes out, the stakes get higher with final exams and parenting gets tougher. Push your teenager too hard and he or she could rebel or turn into a bundle of nerves. Don’t push enough and a poor or mediocre grade can kill your teen’s…

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Raising Teenagers: When parents disagree on teen discipline

It’s midnight and I’m pacing around my house waiting for my 16-year-old son to get home. His driving curfew (according to the law for 16-year-old in Florida) is 11 p.m.  I’m fuming. My husband is sound asleep. I have a tracking app on my phone but it has stopped working. I am not sure why.  For the last hour, every time I thought about calling…

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I Never Felt So United As I Did at the March For Our Lives

I am not a political person whatsoever, and I have never been to a march in my life. However,  as you know, my son Matthew is a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.  So, attending the March For Our Lives in Parkland was something I felt compelled to do for obvious reasons. I am sure many people have various reasons for attending March For…

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