Parenting In Times of Crisis and Chaos

We are on the brink of much change on the planet, and it seems that the level of chaos is high right now. Here in the U.S. the federal government is partially shut down at the moment (due to Congress’ inability to agree on the budget and the projection that the U.S. Treasury will run out of money on October 17th). The level of fear is high and I see all around me—at the gasoline station, the store, and in families—that many people are on the brink of losing it. How do you keep your sanity and be a supportive, effective parent during such crazy times? I am not afraid of the times we are in and in fact, my philosophy about what’s happening … [Read more...]

Catherine Austin Fitts And Winning the War On Drugs

I came across a five minute video of Catherine Austin Fitts talking about how the U.S. public is complacent about drugs being marketed to children in our own neighborhoods and the perceptions we need to change in order to finally be able to win the war on drugs. If you're not familiar with Catherine Fitts, she has served as managing director and member of the Board of Directors of a major Wall Street investment bank and as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration. Ms. Fitts has been extensively interviewed on KPFA radio, an … [Read more...]

Teen Bullying – Some Thoughts, Ideas And Solutions

Many agree that teen girl bullying is at an all time high and that awareness and education about bullying needs to be increased. Increasing the awareness and the resources available at the school level is what happened when Sandra in Singapore decided that despite her daughter's pleas, it was time to reveal the identities of the three classmates who were bullying her daughter. (If you haven't already, read Sandra's teen bullying story here.) It's interesting that bullying seems to be commonplace even in Singapore, even in a country where there's a high level of homogeneity in the culture and where you can get a ticket for things like … [Read more...]

My Teenage Girl Was Bullied – And The Anti-Bullying Remedy That Finally Worked

By Sandra My daughter started her first year in secondary school with joy and excitement.  At age 13, she was proud to be seen as more an adult than a child.  Her happiness, however, was short lived.  By mid January, she shared that her classmates were rude, used profanity and disturbed the class regularly. She asked me if she could be home-schooled.  I told her to view the situation in a positive light, that she was placed in that class to help and guide others.  Did I do right?  I don’t have the answer but this is what I came up with to deal with the situation.  My girl did her best to encourage others to stop smoking and to refrain … [Read more...]