Our family always goes big for the holidays. We bake more than 30 kinds of cookies, roast beef and turkey; embrace vegetables and fruity side dishes made by guests; and stock up on wine and spirits. This holiday season, I dreamed of seating 20 guests in our new home. I pictured four tables f… Read More ⇒

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter desperately wants to begin wearing makeup, which all, and I mean all, of her classmates are allowed to do. We have held off not only because of our beliefs but also because of her immaturity. Up until recently, for example, she has continued to throw magnificent t… Read More ⇒

Say the words “middle school,” and people everywhere will get a chill down their spine. Those two words conjure visions of pop quizzes, body spray and rubbery cafeteria food. Middle schoolers of today could really use a guide! These years can be difficult, confusing and sometimes painfully awkward. Read More ⇒

Q: We have a 10-year-old daughter who runs our family. We allowed her to begin dictating to us when she began talking and it’s just gone slowly downhill ever since. She manipulates us with shrieking tantrums, disrespect and downright refusal to do what we tell her to do. We must have done so… Read More ⇒