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I am a mom of two boys, ages 16 and 22, both with ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. I have remarried and my husband has 2 boys, ages 13 and 16. The 13 year old lives with us, and has some behavioral problems and attachment issues. There is always something happening at our house!

Facebook Fracas: Is Our Child Mature Enough to Handle Social Media?

Cell phones. Internet. Facebook. Email. It’s been interesting watching the progression of technology over the years and the different ways each has individually impacted our 4 boys. There is a big age gap so the differences were very apparent. The ages at which they requested these privileges varied. We learned very quickly that there was... Read more »

Talking to My Teen Boys about Sex

They say 50 is the new 40. So, 20 is the new 30? 10, the new 20? I heard that youth is now defined as ages 17-24. Young adulthood is starting later and later.  21-year-olds are more like what we were at 17. At the same time, kids today are exposed to things at a... Read more »

The After-school Detention: Does It Punish Kids — or Parents?

What is the purpose of an after-school detention? I think I know what the intent is, but let’s get serious. Who does it really punish? Certainly not the child. My 7th grade stepson got after-school detention for passing gas in class. Yes, you read that correctly. The note did not specify what he did exactly, only... Read more »

Family Vacation from Hell: Putting a Positive Spin on Things

We just returned from a fun-filled, yet relaxing vacation camping near the beach. The traffic was non-existent, the weather was great, the kids all got along and even thanked us! Oh, wait! That wasn't OUR vacation! We have spent the past several years tent camping, and the boys really love the camp ground we go to, not far... Read more »

Oppositional Defiant Kids: Holding the Line with Consequences

None of my boys have been “officially” diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, but 3 of the 4 of them have had oppositional behavior and been defiant at times, some more than others.  In my 21-and-a-half years of parenting, I thought I understood what consequences were, how and when to implement them, and the purposes behind... Read more »