Keeping the Holiday Magic

The holiday songs have begun to play their rotation, the sales are in the stores, and the decorations galore adorn the town. The holidays are upon us. So, how do you maintain the holiday spirit, keep things reasonable, and enjoy the holidays without getting caught up in the stress? And how do you create that special, magical feel as your children get older?

I know as my own kids get older we face a faster-paced schedule and lack of interest in some of our traditions. Sarah Cody and I talk with special guest, Sara Orris, a blogger with Connecticut Working Moms to get some ideas of how to keep the holidays special as children age. Please listen to our newest episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines and subscribe if you like what you hear.

Steps Toward Safe Teen Driving


In July, the NIH released research suggesting teens are at greater risk for accidents in their first three months of getting a license as compared with getting their permit. The NIH also found that teens are far more likely to engage in risky behaviors that can lead to accidents when they have their license.

On the sixth episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines, my co-host, Sarah Cody, and I welcomed special guest, Tim Hollister, author of His Father Still: A Parenting Memoir and Not So Fast.: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving.

Since the death of his 17-year-old son Reid in a car crash in 2006, Tim has become a nationally known advocate for safer teen driving. He talks with us about how to keep our kids safe on the road.

Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity

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As the mother of a senior in high school in the midst of the college application process, I can say that there is definitely an added stress in the home. The stress is at times very exciting - looking forward to his new adventure. And it can also be very overwhelming. So how do you decide where to apply and where to go? And do the rankings play a role in your decision?

According to a white paper published by Challenge Success, a research program at Stanford University, where you go means much less than how you engage in college. And, in the fifth episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines, with my co-host, Sarah Cody, we look at the issue of college rankings. We welcome special guest, Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Stanford University, Co-Founder of Challenge Success, and author of Doing School and Miseducated Students.

Practicing What I Preach

Practicing What I Preach

I was out for a run in our new neighborhood and saw a pond that was frozen over. It appeared it had been skated on and I was excited by the possibility of having a recreational ice skating park so close to the house that the kids could go to. I shared this discovery with my daughter when she came home from school before I had the chance to weigh out the possible dangers:

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