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Welcome to my blog. This is where I’ll be sharing a wide range of original articles as well as articles written by leaders in the parenting and adolescent field. I’ll be writing about teens, parents, families, schools, teaching, culture, movies, but mostly I will be dedicated to helping you be a good enough parent. I want you to feel good about what you are doing that is working and to let go of that which is not working for you or your family. I want you family, no matter what it looks like to a good enough place for kids and teenager to be. You don’t have to be perfect, just good enough.

Your kids will tell you when you are off track. They are paying attention to you more than you think they are. Being a good enough parent is being willing to own it when you are wrong. A good enough parent also listens to understand their children. A good enough parent takes care of themselves and holds themselves and their teen accountable for decisions they make.

Please come back frequently and see what else is new. I’m also putting some good content on the sliders. Slowly, but surely, the website is coming back and my hopes are that it is good enough.

With love and affection,

Ray

5 Steps to Personal Responsibility

You don’t have personal responsibility for your teen’s life! They do. Their life is their life and it is up to them to create a life worth living. I know this sounds crazy and you are right, it would be crazy to let your teen make all of their own decisions. Or would it? How long do you want to be making …

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Anxiety and Depression

Do you know if your teen is having problems with anxiety and depression? Teens often go for months or even years concealing their true feelings. They don’t want you to think that they cannot handle their lives. Most parents don’t know what is going on in their teen’s world, much less what is going on with their mental health. It …

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Staying Connected with Your Teen

Are you staying connected with your teen? It is easier than you think. Staying connected with your teen means you can’t be their friend, but you can be there. Staying connected with your teen means being consistent in your decision making, holding them accountable and leading by example. The older I get, the more I value relationships. At 63 most of …

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Are You Talking with Your Teen about Sex?

Are you talking with your teen about sex? You know it’s important, but where do you start? You know your teen is talking about sex with their friends and if they are fortunate to have a grownup they can talk to about sex; they are talking with them, too.  In fact, you may be the only person your teen is …

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The Power of I AM

This page is dedicated to writings about the power of I AM. These are the two most powerful words that you can think or speak. In the Bible, these words are presented to Moses as the name of God. And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, …

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Hassle Free Homework in 5 Easy Steps

Homework has been a front-line battleground in families since I was in elementary school. And this was when we needed to rub two sticks together to get the horse and buggy started. Homework was no fun then and it is no fun now. Today’s students have 2-4 hours of homework every night!!! This is not an exaggeration. If they were adults …

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“But we love each other.” Teenagers in Love – It’s the Real Thing!

“Mom, we’re teenagers in love! Why can’t we be together?” What do you say when your teen proclaims their heartfelt love for another? Most parents and adults dismiss adolescent love as trivial, transient and not worth taking seriously. This attitude about the love your son or daughter feels is a serious mistake. These feelings are anything but trivial to your teen. Let’s look at what’s …

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School Problems

The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development estimates that about one quarter of the adolescent population is at risk of academic failure and other problem behaviors. Another quarter is considered “moderately” at risk (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1989). The most serious of the problems associated with school failure is the almost inevitable unemployment or underemployment that follows. At some point …

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