Category Archives: Parenting

Oh, You Shouldn’t Have.

No list of “The Greatest Movies of All Time” is complete without including Orson Wells’s 1940 tour de force, “Citizen Kane.” The following dialog seems to predict conversations in my office 71 years after the film was produced: KANE As far as you’re concerned, Susan, I’ve never wanted anything – I don’t want anything now…Read the full article

The Gifts We Have

Does your daughter know how to change the oil in her car? Does your son know how to speak another language? We spend time focusing on the academic profiles of our kids. My daughter has an ‘A’ in Algebra II; my son is in the top ten percent of his class. But can your son…Read the full article

Choose Your Story, Part One: Mr and Mrs Andirez and their son, Ricky

The Andirez family came to see me, concerned about their 15 year-old son, Ricky. Did he need a placement in wilderness therapy for his drinking and substance abuse? Did he need a therapeutic boarding school to address his anger management issues and oppositional behavior? “He refuses to do homework,” Mrs. Andirez began. “Sometimes, he even…Read the full article

Could There Be a Topic Worse than Baseball? What about Math?

Did my column two weeks ago about baseball put off some readers? Yes. A dear friend, whom I’ve known my whole life, wrote: “Ya lost me at the topic.” That’s about as far from “You had me at ‘hello'” as it gets. What could be worse? Another dear friend, brought up in Brazil, unsubscribed from…Read the full article