1. COVID under 12-years-old

    Q: School is ending, half our kids are now vaccinated!  Woot woot!! We are so grateful to see what we hope is the forever end of zoom school and kids being kids again. That said, we have children under 12 who aren’t vaccinated yet and I’m torn. Everyone wants to get back to normal and I get it. I know the risk is low for them, but it still makes me nervous the idea of having them play with ot…Read More

  2. Summer Vacation during COVID

    Q: Normally around this time of year, our family starts planning our summer vacation. Of course the kids haven’t been vaccinated yet (and may not until the fall) and I’m worried it’s not safe. The whole thing has the family split on what to do, I say skip it this year, but my husband and the kids are advocating for making plans. I don’t want everyone mad at me, but I’m not sure I can ben…Read More

  3. Navigating Back to School Backlash

    Q: Schools are beginning to reopen and I’m thrilled for my kids. A bunch of my friends on Facebook have very opposite feelings. I feel like I can’t speak freely.  The topic feels unavoidable. Everyone is talking about it and I don’t want to ruffle feathers.    A: These are interesting and challenging times indeed! Whether it be school, face masks, or politics, we are faced with responding…Read More

  4. Co-Parenting

    Q: My ex drives me crazy. He looks for ways to disrupt my life and make things difficult for me. We have a custody arrangement but he constantly breaks rules and tries to renegotiate agreement details. It’s expensive to have my attorney involved at $400 an hour. Now he’s trying to change upcoming holidays. Honestly I’m exhausted by it. A: Unfortunately even with the best custody orders, ofte…Read More

  5. Is your teen locked behind a mask of COVID-19 indifference? Five tips to help you get behind the mask.

    We are all moving from one coping strategy to another as we settle into the long grind of dealing with the implications of COVID-19. One minute we’re laughing at dark humor, the next we’re crying, or snapping at our spouse. Our teens are doing the same thing, but they’re teens, so we may not recognize their process. Instead of watching hours on end of news coverage about the virus, they may …Read More

  6. Coronavirus School Closures are Wrecking My Senior Year

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q:  I’ve got kids in both high school and in college. The coronavirus disruption to school has affected all of them. My oldest is a senior in college. It looks like he may not be coming back the school year. I’m heartbroken for him that they may not have a formal graduation ceremony after all of these years of har…Read More

  7. College Student Living at Home for the Summer

    Q: I’m a college student living at home for the summer, and I’m starting to get annoyed with my parents. Even though I lived independently on campus, they’re enforcing rules that I had to follow as a high schooler. I understand that they want to keep me safe; so they limit my ability to hang out with friends at night or don’t let me have girls over but it feels like I’m losing the freedo…Read More

  8. Having a safe halloween with food allergies

    Q: Our son has food allergies, peanuts, dairy, and gluten. It’s bad and it’s a pain, but we manage. We cook a lot at home and we know which treats he can eat. I send him to school and friends’ houses with his own cupcake when there’s a party; but Halloween is tough. He loves the costuming but he can’t eat much of what he gets. It’s a bummer. Sometimes people get offended when he’s pi…Read More