Dealing with Back-To-School Anxiety

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This past Monday I was asked to be on Channel 12, Phoenix’s NBC affiliate, to discuss techniques for dealing with the back-to-school anxiety children and parents face. Lin Sue Cooney had great questions for me, so I thought I would share my prepared responses with you. As a parents, we want to help dispel our children’s fears.  What […]

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The Banjo is Mightier than the Gun

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As a person who studies and writes about school and institutional violence, I constantly encounter arguments about the Second Amendment. A popular argument in favor of the broadest interpretation of the Second Amendment (i.e., the interpretation that the Second Amendment protects citizens from any limitations on the types or number of firearms they own) is […]

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All In…The Family: The Education of Our Children About David Petraeus

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One unfortunate side effect of very public cases of infidelity is that our children become of aware of them.  Because of their bizarre circumstances, the peccadillos of former CIA Director and retired General, David Petraeus, seem destined to be a part of our and our children’s zeitgeist. So how do we explain infidelity to our […]

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Explaining Elections to Kids

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It is the morning after the U.S. Presidential election, and my house, just like America’s metaphorical house, is divided.  My daughter and her 1st grade classmates had backed a different candidate than my wife and I backed.   In discussing this with my daughter, I was reminded of something Lani Guinier said. In 1993, President Bill […]

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Sexting Tips

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I recently received a list entitled, “50 Sexting Acronyms Every Adult Should Know.”  There was no citation.  No author.  Just a list.  It was distributed presumably as a warning that sexting is an epidemic among kids, so adults better learn what these kids are saying. Let me tell you, the list is fabulous. The acronyms […]

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Pro Bono

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Keith Ablow – a member of the Fox News Medical “A-Team” – is encouraging parents to forbid their children to watch Dancing with Stars.  Ablow believes it could be harmful for kids to see Chaz Bono celebrated as star.  He is worried that children might believe that the answer to their insecurities is to do […]

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To Know or Not to Know

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In graduate school I attended a lecture on tests and assessments. As you probably know, tests and assessments are divisive to people who care about kids: we want kids to have access to everything that they need to succeed, but we do not want their futures to limited by labeling them. On the first day […]

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Toy Fair Fare

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I recently was hired to work on a project with Neil Howe.  Along with his partner, William Straus, Neil coined the term “Millennials.”  More importantly, his work has contributed in a profound way to how we think about generations, their different proclivities, and their particular approaches to relationships. As I went to Toy Fair yesterday, […]

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Abstain from Palin

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Bristol Palin and her Dancing with the Stars co-contestant, Jersey Shore’s the Situation, are in a new commercial promoting abstinence. I cannot tell you how happy it made me to type that sentence. Bristol’s postpartum pro-abstinence stance is not new. Just last year she appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America saying, “Regardless of what I […]

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Drano Bombs

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I typically and deliberately write to an audience of parents of tweens and teens or to professionals who work with tweens and teens.  However, I am addressing this post, the first since my summer hiatus, to my aunt and my own mother who circulated this e-mail: Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little […]

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