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Teen Tip Tuesday-Show Them You Are Thankful

13 Nov

Love your teen on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Teens often feel like we are always nagging and looking to catch them acting out.  They are so used to their harried mom responding with a curt statement or short “no”.  It’s not that we want to answer this way, it’s just that we often do so without thinking of the impact our words have. […]

Teen Tip Tuesday-Hold a Family Interview on Thanksgiving!

6 Nov

Thanksgiving with family at Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for teens to get to know their family better. The holidays bring us closer together and since most family members are hanging out in intimate settings, it’s a great time to hold a family interview of each other. So while you are waiting for that lovely turkey to be ready […]

Teen Tip Tuesday-Back to School as a Freshman

21 Aug

Kids walking back to school with backpacks.

Back to school means changes for all of our kids.  Switching schools can be one of those scary times in a teen’s life.  Don’t you remember going back to school as a freshman?   I remember dropping Beloved off at the car line and thinking she was one of the tiniest people on the planet. […]

The most important thing to increase your kid’s success in school

17 Aug

Success in school from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

You know how important it is for your child to read. Everything the experts say tells you that our kids who like to read simply have more success in school.  Not only that, but they are more successful later in life. But your child refuses to pick up a book. He rolls his eyes every time […]

How You Can Support A Gay Child in the Way They Need

23 Jan

girlfriends holding hands

When I discovered that my 13-year-old son “Alex” was gay, I went through a range of emotions: First there was Denial: “He’s just experimenting – trying on different identities.” Then Guilt: “If only I hadn’t let him play with his sister’s Barbie dolls in the bird bath to make ‘Hot Tub Barbie.’ What was I […]

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