McNerney: Tough Conversations with Teens

The past few months have been unprecedented in the number of difficult issues teens and families have had to face. We have seen our teens deal with worries about COVID, a radical change in education, missing their connection with friends, and trying to come to terms with race relations. Teens are working extremely hard to come to terms with these new issues on top of the average, day-to-day issues of adolescence.

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Croll: Watching a Parent Die Through a Window

I never could have imagined two of the most horrific events in my lifetime—my father dying and a global pandemic—would happen simultaneously. My father’s slide downhill began this past Christmas Eve when he experienced shortness of breath while trying to wrap a gift. Several hospital stays and five months later, my dad now lives in an assisted living facility and last week we put him on hospice.

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McNerney: The Home Stretch of Home Schooling

Let’s face it: Nobody was prepared for the academic challenges we have been facing for the past two months. The school system wasn’t prepared, parents weren’t prepared, and even families that home-school their kids weren’t prepared for this. We have done everything we can to adjust, but we are completely worn out. How do we, as parents, find the energy that was already depleted to help our children finish the school year strong? As someone who literally wrote the book on homework, let me give you some advice on this.

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