Hey friends, I'm trying something new today--rather than writing out my thoughts in a blog, I'm recording my first ever VLOG! Who knows if this is a good or bad idea. I don't remember exactly how to edit, so it is a stream of conscience, and hopefully helpful to someone. UPDATE: my kids said this … Continue reading Dr. Kim Allen’s video: Behavior is a Communication
I picked up my 14 year-old from the bus stop, something I do on occasion [read: when I am procrastinating getting important work done]. She asked, “how was your day, Mom? Bad. How was yours? What did you say? (she’s clearly not used to that answer) I said it was bad. How was your day? … Continue reading My family is in a funk
The Allen kids are back in school this week. Unlike times in the past, back to school is changing, especially for college students. The days of going to a brick and mortar school for the first year of college is no longer the only option. Is doing a non-traditional option, such as community college or … Continue reading Back to School! Podcast 6
I write a lot about my 13 year-old daughter, Fiona, and her struggle with mental illness. She actually does a lot of writing herself, so today I share with you something she wrote for her school newspaper. Ribbons By Fiona Allen About 40,000 people will commit suicide this year. That's the same amount of people … Continue reading A Word from My Daughter
Greetings from Portland, Oregon where I’m about to do a seminar on using social media to better reach families at the Oregon Parent Education Conference #OPECConf. I did a similar seminar last week in South Carolina for a group of Adlerian psychologists. I’ve done this seminar enough to know that there are the lovers and the … Continue reading Using technology to engage families.
Cheap Thrills I just realized why older adults are the people I most often see at cultural events (I mean from what I remember from my younger years when I actually attended cultural events) (yes, younger years meaning BFS) (Before Fiona and Sofia). Once the kids leave the house, all the free entertainment is gone. … Continue reading Cheap Thrills