A Practicing Parent

Honoring Our NYC Superheroes

29 Sep 2018
A Practicing Parent
“Hey buddy, we’re not going to the playground. Today we’re doing something special.” I said to my 4 1/2-year-old son at school pick-up a few weeks ago. My 13-year-old daughter accompanied me. “What are we gonna do then?” he asked. “We are going to Dunkin’ Donuts and getting a big, big box of Munchkins,” I said. My son’s eyes lit up. Previous years with my daughter, we’ve purchased flowers, cards, and one year we made chocolate chip cookies. “Can we get chocolate ones?” he asked. “I think we should get assorted ones because they’re not...
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Suicide Is An Impossible Subject To Tackle, But As Parents,
We Have To

29 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
I hate even saying the word. Suicide. There I typed it. Let’s face it. Despite what our kids, the social media generation (iGen), may think, suicide is not a new phenomenon, and it is far from a teen-centric issue. I lost two adults in my life to suicide just in the past year. Last week I was unpacking a box of photos my mom handed off to me and uncovered a note in my teen handwriting. I stared at the two-sided, yellowed small paper and the memories of that night unfolded in front of me....
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Anxiety: If Middle School is Tough, What Happens In High School?

23 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
Here is an anecdote I heard from a mom of one of my daughter’s friends. Jane and Lilly were partnered up for a project in their seventh grade science class. They were learning about a specific disease, and the details of it were a bit confusing. Jane repeatedly raised her hand and asked the teacher to clarify the assignment. Lilly said the teacher explained the task several times in various ways. The girls—friendly, but not friends—were supposed to brainstorm ideas and take notes on one computer. Jane offered to be the note taker and as...
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JUUL: The Cigarette of Today’s Youth?

07 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
My head is still buzzing with information about vaping, e-cigarettes and JUULing after attending a fact-filled seminar a few weeks ago, co-hosted by Parents in Action and Hallways at the Collegiate School. Attention to vaping and JUULing has risen sharply with recent articles in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal questioning whether it is becoming an epidemic in schools. Let’s start with a simple explanation: E-cigarettes appeared more than 10 years ago, marketed as an alternative to cigarettes and a way to kick the habit. Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of the vapor produced by an...
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Is My Kid Normal?

21 Apr 2018
A Practicing Parent
Yesterday was not a stellar parenting moment. After school drop-off, this was my text to a few close friends: [My daughter (let’s call her Jessie) is 13 and my son (Luke) is 4.] Jessie, Luke and I left the apartment at the same time. Jessie had a big test today so she was rushing to get to school and hit the elevator button. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke. I had to run back for his lunchbox, so Jessie left. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke again. “Hit the button now,” I...
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IT’S NOT OK!

26 Feb 2018
A Practicing Parent
IT’S NOT OK to have to confirm with my 13-year-old that she understands the protocol of active shooting situations in her school, and that the safest place to go is a closet.  IT’S NOT OK that I have to wonder whether my preschooler is being properly trained as to what he should do in case of a lockdown. That’s the world we live in, but IT’S NOT OK. I can sometimes be wishy-washy on issues, not taking a firm stand to one side or the other because I can understand the position of both sides. But not...
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Be In The Know With Parents in Action

29 Jan 2018
A Practicing Parent
“You mean you already had THE TALK, the birds and bees one?” Susie’s mom asked. “Well, yes, I had to have the talk because my daughter was relentless,” I said. “She wouldn’t stop asking for an explanation, so I told her.” My daughter was six years old then when I attended my first Parents in Action Parent Talk meeting with about 40-plus parents (mostly moms) in my daughter’s grade. At the start of the meeting, the two facilitators shared two important things: the Parents in Action Mission (partnering with parents to promote effective communication as...
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Teen Daughter: It’s A #MeToo World

21 Dec 2017
A Practicing Parent
Dear Teen Daughter, It has become ritual — turning on the morning news and hearing of the next powerful man to be accused and fall from sexual harassment allegations. I know you like to avoid the news and the bad in the world, but this is something that we really should discuss. It’s important to me as a woman, and it should be important to you too. In my day, I think every adult woman was sexually harassed at some point. I was when I was subjected to some after-holiday-party-back-of-a-taxi gropes from a department boss....
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