A Practicing Parent

Is Judy Blume Forever?

02 Dec 2018
A Practicing Parent
Shhhhh…My book from Amazon has arrived…I carefully remove it from the carton, giggling to myself as if I were a young teenager. I stick it under my shirt and slink into my room and then into the bathroom so I can study it. It has a different cover from the one that I remember. As I read the back cover, I run back to my bedroom door and lock it, simultaneously feeling a little guilty and a bit naughty. I must have been about 14…and oh boy this book taught me things, on subjects I...
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Generational Teen Angst

24 Oct 2018
A Practicing Parent
I heard an eye-opening anecdote today that reveals how difficult it is to be a parent of a teen. Melissa*, my friend, relayed the narrative of her challenging morning. “You’re going to school today? With me?? On the bus???,” said Ally*, her 13-year-old daughter. Melissa was attending a talk at Ally’s school, so it made sense for her to just hop on the school bus. But it did not make sense to Ally. Melissa positioned herself at a window seat leaving space for Ally, who just rolled her eyes and moved past her mom, choosing...
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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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