“Take Your Pills” Documentary Debuts at SXSW

 I just watched the Kara Swisher interview with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina at SXSW about Alison Klayman’s upcoming film, “Take Your Pills” that they co-produced.  The movie will be on Netflix on Friday, March 16th and I am cautiously optimistic.  My sincere hope is that it will address the serious and dangerous issue of the misuse and abuse of Adderall while at the same time recognizing the valuable and safe use of medication for those who truly have … Read more

What is the Forward Movement You Really Want to See for Your Child This Year?

By now, preparations are well underway for this new school year.  In some parts of the country, classes have begun, whereas for some school begins after Labor Day has ended.  For me, my mind drifts back to last April.  Why?  Because I know that in many ways the best way to have a good school year is to think back at where things were the year before, once the newness had worn off and the end was not yet in site. … Read more

What Every High School and College Kid Needs to Know About Their ADHD Medication

There are many issues I can discuss here under the broad topic of ADHD medication, so to set your expectations for this article I will tell you that this is NOT about the pros and cons of taking medication.  This article is going to assume that your teenager or your college-age child is taking medication to manage their ADHD symptoms.  There are important things kids need to know about their meds, and know how to manage taking responsibility for possessing … Read more

Why is it so important to REALLY follow through on your word?

I hear it all the time.  “I tell him he must clean up before he can leave, but he doesn’t and then I end up doing it.”  “She means to be on time but when she isn’t, I end up taking her anyway and then being late myself.”  “He speaks so rudely and then promises next time he will be nicer, so I let it go for now.” “She is so anxious, I don’t want to pile on more expectations.” … Read more

Performance Review – Not just for Grownups!

Performance Review – Not just for Grownups! I have been listening to Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.  There are so many gems in there for everyone – people who need support and uplifting, and those who are their friends, families, and cheerleaders. As she discussed growth for executives in the corporate world, I was thinking that there is so much more we can do to support kids in developing Confidence, Tenacity, and … Read more

Hard Work Breeds Success

From struggle comes strength; That inner knowing that you can face challenges in life head on and push through them.  Brooke Leon is a wonderful example of that truth.  She is a student in 10th grade and has written this reflective essay for me to share with all of you.  Notice her awareness, her pride, her insights, and her honesty.  This is a woman ready to face the world head on.  And she has been guided on her journey by … Read more