Keep Calm and Parent On

This piece originally appeared in the November 2018 ‘Calm’ issue of Fernie Fix Magazine. Keep Calm and Parent On Life with young people is rarely calm. From wake up until bedtime, children of all ages require attention and energy from their grown up caregivers. Although parents of teenagers have a little more freedom, the mental Read more about Keep Calm and Parent On[…]

Teenagers, Parents, and Leadership

This piece originally appeared in the October 2018 ‘Choice’ issue of Fernie Fix Magazine. Adults (in British Columbia) get to declare their choices for local government elected officials on October 20th. Although young people cannot yet participate in this democratic opportunity, it’s a perfect time to think and talk together about leadership. In essence, leadership Read more about Teenagers, Parents, and Leadership[…]

Back to School Dread & Excitement

This piece originally appeared in the September 2018 ‘Knowledge is Power’ issue of Fernie Fix Magazine. ‘Back to school’ is emotionally loaded for many of us. As a phrase, those three words can represent many different feelings all tangled together. I interviewed a few teenagers for this piece, and asked the initial question, “when you Read more about Back to School Dread & Excitement[…]

Music Makes the Parenting Mark

This piece originally appeared in the August 2018 ‘Music’ issue of Fernie Fix Magazine. When your kids were small you barely needed to do anything beyond breathing to win their adoration. With teenagers, however, it sometimes seems the mere act of breathing itself can induce their scorn. But if you play your cards right while Read more about Music Makes the Parenting Mark[…]