McNerney: Your Child’s Love Language

During my professional travels, I have had the privilege of talking with and learning from Gary Chapman, author of the book series “The Five Love Languages.” The book series is excellent and has stood the test of time. Initially, the concept was developed for couples, but we have found that the concepts work for many relationships, including the parent-child connection.

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McNerney: Parenting Dos and Don’ts

Last weekend, I was chatting with a friend I have known since our kids were two years old. He mentioned something that he told his boys early on in their life: “You can do a whole bunch of good things in your life, but sometimes all it takes is one mistake for things to go downhill.” The mistakes he was talking about were things like cheating, stealing, drinking, and other things we worry about when it comes to our teens.

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McNerney: Getting into College—The Myths

I have taken a very close look at one of the biggest anxiety producers for parents these days: Getting our kids into college. In my research, I have found some truths, some myths, and some different ways of looking at this issue that might decrease our own worries and increase the likelihood of success for our kids. In this column I am going to focus on the myth that it is harder than ever to get into college.

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McNerney: Sneaking in Summer Learning

Now that school is over and kids are at home, how do you keep them from losing all the learning that has happened in the last year? Sure, there are lots of materials at teacher stores, but it’s pretty likely that you will get eye rolls and groans from your kids. How do you keep their skills up without it feeling like they are doing work? Here are some summer tips to increase summer learning:

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