Category Archives: Parenting

The Sex Talk Your Kids Hear Every Day

Your kids hear sex talks every day. The question is, are you the one giving the talk? It happens every time I bring up the subject of sex around parents. Parents always say, “Oh, I had that talk with Taylor … Continue reading

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Sex and Valentines Day

Valentines Day is rapidly approaching, romance is in the air, and there’s no better time to talk with today’s young people about sexual intimacy, specifically the “sexpectations” that many young people face around this holiday. Don’t worry, we’ve got some … Continue reading

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CONNECT with Smartphone Obsessed Kids

Remember when cell phones looked like this? This little baby came out in 1983 for $3,999, had a 30-minute talk time, and took 10 hours to charge. The crazy thing is… today most parents probably wish their kids just owned … Continue reading

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Want a Sneak Peak?

Many of you have been hearing the buzz about my upcoming book, 52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid: How to Engage with Kids Who Can’t Seem to Pry Their Eyes from Their Devices (coming next year). Would … Continue reading

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Teens’ Advice for Parents

“Don’t yell as much.” “Don’t stress over the little things.” “Let me learn from my mistakes.” From the mouths of babes. I love hearing the teen perspective on parenting. And that’s exactly what Elise just received in 20/20. Elise is … Continue reading

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What kids REALLY want

Black Friday is just around the corner and parents are already thinking about what to buy their kids for Christmas. What do you think kids really want from their parents? Ikea posted a poignant YouTube video of an experiment they … Continue reading

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What would you have done?

“Turn around! Now!” That’s what she said, and my dad had no idea what to do. Have you ever noticed that most tough parenting (and grandparenting) decisions aren’t black or white? Think about it. If they were… the choice would … Continue reading

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9 selfies per week

She holds her phone up at a high angle and strikes a sexy pose. “Click.” She inspects the picture. “Nope. Too much arm fat.” She tries again. After four or five tries she captures the image she wants. Now to … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Keeping Connected with Your Kids… without Becoming That Creepy Parent

A brand new study asking U.S. teens and their parents about their social media and mobile app use revealed some intriguing insights, not only about teen’s attitudes about tech, but about how connected… er… disconnected parents really are from their … Continue reading

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MTV Helps Kids Make Sense of the World?

“No art form in the world captures moments like this more powerfully than music. Music helps us make sense of the world. A song can elevate a movement.” -Jussie Smollett of Fox’s Empire, in his speech at the MTV VMA’s, … Continue reading

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