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Fireflies Light Up The Sky At Night

Fireflies Light Up The Sky At Night

We did not need an official testing process to reveal to us what we knew from the time that our son was very young - that he was a gifted child who was not only precocious in his reading and other cog...

The Treasure Chest: Creating a Family Memory Book

The Treasure Chest: Creating a Family Memory Book

I always heard little snippets of stories from my mom -- sharing a bed with Aunt Sadie, who lived with them until marriage, the time her fearless brother Harvey got caught clinging to the back of a mo...

Welcome to Blended Families Community

When you blend families, you are performing alchemy: turning metal into gold. Your chances of success are better than the alchemists' of the Middle Ages and this community can make it even better. Eac...

Dealing with Divorce Baggage

Dealing with Divorce Baggage

Dear WholeFamily, I'm a divorced man with a son age 11. I have fallen in love with a wonderful divorced mother of two daughters with "divorce baggage". She has a very troubled daughter and I suggested...

  • Fireflies Light Up The Sky At Night

    Fireflies Light Up The Sky At Night

  • The Treasure Chest: Creating a Family Memory Book

    The Treasure Chest: Creating a Family Memory Book

  • Welcome to Blended Families Community

  • Dealing with Divorce Baggage

    Dealing with Divorce Baggage

Efrat Hakak

My first day of high school was probably the worst day of my life. My parents were forcing me to attend a prep school 45 minutes from my home. Out of a class of 110 incoming freshmen, I knew no one. Not a single person. I had spent the last eight years in a class with 30 kids; I had not had to make a new friend at school since the first grade. I don't think I have ever felt as lonely as I did that day, before or since. So of course I entered school that first day with a massive chip on my shoulder.

My first day of high school was probably the worst day of my life. My parents were forcing me to attend a prep school 45 minutes from my home. Out of a class of 110 incoming freshmen, I knew no one. Not a single person. I had spent the last eight years in a class with 30 kids; I had not had to make a new friend at school since the first grade. I don't think I have ever felt as lonely as I did that day, before or since. So of course I entered school that first day with a massive chip on my shoulder.

A teenager is old enough to want to make her own decisions. A parent knows that a teenager is old enough to really screw up her life. We received a letter from a 15-year-old girl describing a familiar situation: Julie wants to buy a car with money given to her by her grandparents. Her parents have forbidden her, claiming that it's too dangerous. Using the old parental formula, "as long as you live under our roof," they are asserting their power, while Julie characteristically believes herself a responsible adult, and her parents overprotective.

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