Your Teen Says NO to College!

by Dr Peggy on January 15, 2013

When a teenager starts making noises about not wanting to go to college, the usual response for parents is a major anxiety attack. Yes, yes there are teens who have clear and appropriate life goals that do not require a college education. This is not the post debating technical versus general education. Instead, this post refers to high school students who have good grades, are excelling academically, are active in activities and have always seen themselves as attending college.

But even these students are beginning to be part of the group asking “Why am I going to college again?” “Can I afford to go to college?” “Will I be able to pay back what I owe?”

On the blog Frugal Dad I found this very profoundly interesting – and somewhat depressing – infographic. Take a look.

College Isn't Cheap

Now you may be thinking that this website must be all about not attending college. You would be wrong. Instead, frugal dad talks about all of the ways you can help your child get an education, because even with all of the above facts, it is still the best chance our children have of some element of financial security. Take a look at his suggestions and remember to start as soon as you can!

The Grateful Exercise

by Dr Peggy on December 18, 2012

There are no more words that can be spoken about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We refer you to all of the stories of help and support and comfort.

Instead, we would like to suggest a new exercise that we all should begin. It’s purpose is not to increase your heart rate – although that may happen. It’s purpose is not to decrease your weight – although that may happen. It’s purpose is to exercise our grateful muscle.

Being grateful is something that we tend to ignore. We just take for granted that we have a family who loves us. We know that our children or our parents or our grandparents love us. We know they are there and that they will be there if we need them. We just know.

The Grateful Exercise requires that you stop each morning – even before you place your feet on the floor – and write down three things that make your grateful. They can be huge or small, essential or trivial. What they are doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you take those precious moments before you start your day to acknowledge what you have. Every morning. And get your children involved. Ask them at breakfast or in the car on the way to school, or whenever is best for you and them.

Gratefulness is a state of mind. It’s a place we need to be right now.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Get them talking

September 29, 2012

OK, we spent this time on recognizing teen suicide – a difficult topic. But as I thought more about the previous posts, a couple of important issues occurred to me. While we may know all of these warning signs and we know that it’s important to pay attention to our kids and teens, every parent […]

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Warning signs of Teen Suicide

September 17, 2012

So I was planning to start with a list of warning signs so we could talk about the things to watch for in order to prevent teen suicide. The thinking was that giving us concrete things would help us pay better attention and give us access to the “true names” that we talked about in […]

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True Names

September 12, 2012

There is nothing easy about the topic of Teen Suicide. In fact, I am sure that some of you are wondering why I have chosen such a difficult subject to discuss on this blog. Others of you may wish we would take on more upbeat topics, like family activities and ways to stay healthy. Me […]

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September 10th is Suicide Prevention Day!

September 10, 2012

Today is National Suicide Prevention Day. There is no one who would question the importance of preventing suicide. All of the events and materials available to acknowledge this day are a testament to that belief and commitment. We should also take a moment and consider what is says about this epidemic problem that we even […]

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Driving Again!

July 23, 2012

I have been stuck this summer on driving stuff. Kids and cars. Teenagers driving. Technology and driving. You get the idea. Because I have been so into this issue, I couldn’t resist this particular article. The title of the article is “4 Things you Didn’t learn in Driver’s Education” but the author really has five. […]

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The other senses

July 6, 2012

Our teens are very good at using their fingers for texting, their eyes for reading that smart phone screen and their ears for hearing the rings they do and don’t want to answer. All of those things are sensory and require our teens to hear, touch and see. But what about their other senses? What […]

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Happy Fourth of July!!

July 4, 2012
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The Rest of the Story!

July 3, 2012

Here are the rest of the tips – with a little twist from us….. REVIEW the rules with your children about whose homes they may visit and discuss the boundaries of where they may and may not go in the neighborhood. (NCMEC Post) This is a bit like herding cats. If you have ever tried […]

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