Kathy has four children, aged 9, 12, 24 and 26. Her second son was seduced by marijuana when he was 16. Kathy is now a published author of "Winning the Drug War at Home". She is also a childbirth educator and is writing a pregnancy and childbirth book. Kathy graduated from Brown University with a degree in Health and Society, and also has a BSN in Nursing.
Why is it so difficult to remember that as a parent, it is not my job to win popularity contests with my kids, especially when they want (or worse yet, feel entitled to) the latest gadget?
It doesn’t really matter what the identified object of desire is...I venture to say we have all lived some version... Read more »
When we were stuck in the muck of substance abuse, anger, belligerence and failed probation with our son, I didn’t know where to turn. Other parents who were also struggling didn’t want to share. There didn’t seem to be a clearinghouse of information or resources, yet I knew there had to be help and information... Read more »
Michael Phelps is back in the news. But this time instead of gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated as Sportsman of the Year, his face is splashed across the tabloids nose deep in a bong. I thought the one tabloid had a pretty catchy title, “What a dope.”
And to me that about summed it up:... Read more »
Happy New Year.
Now, before you roll your eyes (which most likely roll just fine because of the lubrication of way too many tears) and sigh (or scream) hang with me. There can be happiness in the New Year. It’s OK if you don’t believe me, I didn’t believe it when others told me my relationship... Read more »
Next week our son Matt will graduate from college.
I couldn’t think of a more magnificent gift during this season. It reflects the hope and joy that all parents of struggling teens pray and yearn for, but don’t believe will ever come. I know. I was in that place.
Rewind eight years. That Christmas we were living... Read more »
The cycle of insanity in my family looked like this: parents responding the same, ineffective way, yielding to the erroneous belief that somehow THIS time the response would be different. With my son, we went down a boundary-less road of second chances and manipulation that handed over way too much power and landed him in... Read more »