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Life On the Couch

Toilets, Teenagers and Testosterone

If you are a parent, and you parent teenagers, I think you’ll relate to what I’m writing about today. Today started off innocently enough, and then took a turn with the 13-year-old with a testosterone-fueled attitude. Teens pretty much suck.  Add ADHD to that and the complexity increases along with my stress and gray hair. No one […]

March, 2019 | 0 Comments


Impulsivity is defined in psychology as a “tendency to act on a whim, displaying behavior characterized by little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences.” Through unnecessary risk, usually inappropriate and poorly thought out, impulsivity results mostly in negative consequences.  I work with a lot of adults with ADHD, which impulsivity is a […]

June, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parenting Is a Bitch, and Then They Call You One

If you’re a parent you know the never-ending quest for parenting education and tips. You’ve looked for help with what’s normal, how to navigate certain developmental behaviors, how not to damage your kid’s mental well-being. Recently I attended two very helpful presentations encompassing all of the above: Screenagers and an in-person presentation of How To […]

March, 2018 | 0 Comments

YouTube Reasonably

It has come to my attention that I have not enough awareness of what my kids are finding on the web. They search what they hear their friends talking about, of course, as do I. But I keep forgetting that I am a reasonable adult and know how to contextualize what I see and hear. […]

January, 2018 | 0 Comments

Breaking the Rules

The current political landscape and world culture has drawn a lot of attention to breaking the rules. As a parent I can’t help but feel it’s crazy-making to bring kids up in the world right now where the rules are a constant moving target.  Ways of doing things both politically and culturally are obsolete before […]

April, 2017 | 0 Comments

Multitasking May Not Be Such A Good Thing

In the ever growing literature on work-life balance, women’s leaning in or out and the frenetic pace of life in general at this point our species history, I keep hearing about multi-tasking.  I guess I am of an age where I can remember multi-tasking as an encouraged and sought after quality and skill.  I can […]

July, 2014 | 0 Comments

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