The Gift of Inclusion

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another person is to simply include them.
I can trace it back to about second grade. That’s my first memory of some kids being included while others were left out. Here’s how it went. The Wedding The wedding of the year was in the works for many months before the big day arrived. Bridesmaids were picked, groomsmen named, someone brought a few…

Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

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About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons Why? The Netflix original series is a revenge fantasy orchestrated by a suicidal teen. Through the thirteen tapes she recorded before her death, Hannah gets revenge on the individuals she considers the “reasons” she committed…

Parenting: When Doing Less Accomplishes More

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Have you ever had one of those conversations where you don’t know what you are going to say until you say it, and you don’t realize how true it is until it’s out of your mouth? That happened to me recently. I was talking to a sweet young woman whom I mentor, listening intently as…

Back to Blahs, Blues, and Bullies Too

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Back to school advice is often about returning to an earlier schedule, adjusting to new classes, and breaking in new shoes. Once school has started and the new has worn off, a few other issues can emerge. Besides family, school is usually your child’s largest time commitment. We drop our children at the door of…