McNerney: It’s Official—Instagram is Bad for Teens

Most teens are social beings. We’ve known this for decades. It’s a part of our nature as humans. The social unit is very important for us. It’s used to be essential for our physical safety and ability to thrive. When we were more of a tribal species, we knew each person in our tribe, because our tribes were only about 35-50 members. This made it easy to know everything about each other and led to a shared workload and the ability to look out for each other.

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A High School Student’s Perspective of the Pandemic

This month, I have asked a local high school student, Logan Wagner, to share his perspective on what it was like to be a high school student this past year. In my opinion, it captures many of the ideas, issues, and challenges that our children have faced. As a parent, I hope it helps you understand your children as they are reintegrating into their worlds.

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McNerney: In Search of Family Happiness

Family happiness: It is something we all want, but it can be difficult to acquire. We want to see smiles from each other and create memories of happy times. But so often our best laid plans end up in tears, resentment, and sulking. I believe there is a way to achieve happiness, but it requires doing something that might seem counterintuitive.

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McNerney: 10 Months of COVID: My Observations

For the past 10 months, we have endured an experience that very few of us predicted, much less prepared for. We have experienced the closing of businesses, restaurants, and school buildings. We have been told to stay in our homes and stop spending time with family and friends. We have faced extreme anxiety for the health of ourselves and our loved ones for months at a time.

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