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If You Are Not a Drunk, Enjoying a Drink In Front Of Your Kids Is Fine…

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If You Are Not a Drunk, Enjoying a Drink In Front Of Your Kids Is Fine…

This is the first installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. Big, fat myth #1: It’s hypocritical of me to forbid my child to drink alcohol when he/she sees me enjoy a drink or two when I am socializing, eating or celebrating.  If you are modeling moderate use of alcohol to your child, that’s actually ideal.  It is positive for kids to see adults approach alcohol as a beverage – something that compliments an event (a meal, party, or special...

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American Teens Do Not Have To Be Awful

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American Teens Do Not Have To Be Awful

I have been writing this blog in my mind for around 15 years. I have traveled around the world for over 20 years now and I also lived in Germany as a teacher in my twenties. America is the only country where popular culture urges teenagers to think it’s cool to hate their parents, disregard older people and go through an awful phase. Why? I am sure there are many social and historical reasons, but it’s a shame…Don’t misunderstand, I love teenagers in this country – once you put a crack in that impostor veneer,...

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Patti Smith Helps Dispel Myth That Drug Use Causes Creativity

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Patti Smith Helps Dispel Myth That Drug Use Causes Creativity

Thank you, Patti Smith! I was so pleased and touched to hear mega rocker Patti Smith acknowledge how worried she was for the late Amy Winehouse as she watched the extraordinary singer’s health decline. As the guest DJ on NPR’s latest All Songs Considered episode, Smith described the evolution of a tribute song to Winehouse. http://www.npr.org/2012/06/19/155291456/guest-dj-patti-smith “I loved her voice and I admired her work.  I felt concerned for her lifestyle from a distance – I felt extremely sad when she...

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Headed For The Garden

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Headed For The Garden

The summer begins and I will head into the garden to have a think for a while…This last school year was curious on many levels. I don’t have many valedictory thoughts, but there were some exciting, new experiences at schools I visited for the first time and wonderful, cozy residences at schools I have been going to since the 1900s. I had fun with the kids, as always. All the pot smoking amongst teens got me down, but I also met many kids who felt it was a potent, addictive drug that could throw you off the rails. Every time I asked...

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Calling All Sober Kids…

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Calling All Sober Kids…

Okay, I need help. Only people who don’t or didn’t drink/use other drugs in high school can give me the perspective I seek. I get weary when parents insist that it is unrealistic or impossible to raise a sober kid these days. It’s disorienting, too, as I meet MANY healthy, sober students in my travels and I know how possible it is! I must add that the parents who think all kids drink tend to have kids who drink. So, does this mean that they truly tried everything and it still didn’t work or that they somehow transmitted...

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