On bullying

Posted Feb 12 2019 in , , , , , , , ,

Readers, it’s happened again.  Another headline in my local news about a teen committing suicide because he was bullied.  If you’re a parent, are you talking to your kids about bullying? This is NOT a once-and-done conversation. It needs to be ongoing and frequent because the world in which we live sees new technologies every […]


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Spreading the Word: Empathy

Posted Dec 10 2012 in , , , , , , , , ,

Ever since SEND was released last August, I’ve been talking about bullying and ways to help end it.  Last week, I had the great pleasure of addressing my day job colleagues at a Lunch & Learn event. Every month, our Parenting Network schedules a different hour for parents looking to benefit from the experiences of […]


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Colorado Teens Tell Peers – “We’re Here to Help”

Posted Feb 9 2012 in , , , , , , ,

We’re six months away from the release of my novel, SEND, a story about a former bully learning to cope with the suicide he caused when he was thirteen. When I began writing SEND, the plot was made up — born partly from my own fears as a mother of teens and partly from an […]



Why I Encourage My Kids to Read Banned Books and You Should, Too

Posted Sep 29 2011 in , , , ,

It is Banned Books Week and to celebrate, my son and I thought this blog post would be a good start. I READ BANNED BOOKS! Yep, in shouty capital letters, I admit this. Even better, I urge my sons to read banned books, too. Why? Because I support the free exchange of ideas. Because I […]



5 Signs You Might be Raising as A$$hole

Posted Sep 23 2011 in , , ,

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people share encounters with ill-behaved children. One friend recently had a run-in with a charming little boy on the playground who called her a liar, and pushed a baby. Worse, the boy’s mother verbally attacked her after she corrected him. Another friend blogged about her encounter with teens […]



Chocolate Sunday!

Posted May 15 2011 in , , , , , , ,

You’ve probably noticed I really like chocolate. I heard the “Duh” my friends all uttered in perfect synchronization just now. Heck, half my Twitter followers now think of me whenever they pop a piece, so I guess word has spread. I heard about this great recipe from author Sherry Thomas and thought I’d share it with […]


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“Not my kid”

Posted May 10 2011 in ,

Recently, my friend, Harley May, posted a heart-wrenching essay about teen attitude gone so horribly awry, it clouded my vision and made me want to pound some heads together. If you haven’t seen the essay, go read it now. You’re back? Great. Are you furious? Disgusted? Wonderful. We’re on the same page. Now ask yourself […]