Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tailgating Teens

Teens and Tailgating before concerts is becoming routine.  Beware.  In Connecticut, Teens arrested for possession of alcohol on public or private property will face a stiff fine and loss of their license. For teens who are not drinking but who still want to participate in the party here are three tips:
1.    Move On - The law regarding alcohol is about possession, not consumption.  If you are at a tailgate where there is alcohol, you will likely be arrested whether or not you have been drinking.
2.   Move On - Fireworks injury hundreds of bystanders every year.  When the rockets come out it is time to get out.
3.   Move On - Violence erupts often without warning.  If you feel tempers rising and anxiety brewing, it might be time to go into the show rather than become part of someone else's drama.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mr. Rogers

I loved Mr. Rogers on PBS. Recently I found myself coming home and working. When my teens came to me to tell me about a band or friend, I barely looked up from my screen. I was doing important work right? Then Mr. Rogers popped into my head. Where did he come from ? Since then, when I come home, I take off my work shoes, put on my sneakers and I am trying to do the real work of being present for my teens.

Monday, July 13, 2009


If your child is ADD and attends public school you have rights. Your child may have the right to reasonable accommodations under state and federal law. A great ADD resource is the Hallowell Center in Sudbury,MA.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Scout Code Applicable Today

Substitute the word teen for scout: a good teen is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Fits the bill.

Fair Play: The Price of Victory?

My daughter's U-19 soccer team was blown out of the water in the finals today. The game was rough. Our girls handled the play and the loss well. Here is a great link that sums up the spirit of fair play and victory. The article is from the Responsibility Project.

Q: How many hours of instruction must parents of new drivers take before their teens take their driving test ?

Parents of those obtaining a learner’s permit must attend two hours of instruction on teen-driving laws before their teen takes his or her driving test.