Tag Archives: parents

Senior Moments: The Application Process

High school seniors across the nation (and in all my classes…and at home) are beginning the process of applying to college.  Many of our friends whose parents are aging, especially those in declining health, are beginning the process of applying to assisted living facilities. Some of our friends are doing both: helping their sons or […]

Senior Moments: Fleeing the Parents

My seniors are just beginning to read Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Antigone, which are about many things but very much about the moment when we see our parents (or, coming from the other side I now know too well, our own children) as strangers, as antagonists, as obstacles to overcome on our way to our […]

Senior Moments: Vulnerability

A new book out, This Beautiful Life, by Helen Schulman, has been getting a lot of attention lately for the story it tells. In the book, a high school boy and his family lose all they had worked so hard to achieve and enjoy when their son forwards a sex video a much younger classmate, whom the […]

The Dinner Table Test

Every night families sit down to dinner with kids who have been in school that day. They mumble as they eat about what they did that day, sharing stories about activities, sports teams, work, and, of course, school. The Dinner Table Test refers to what happens when that last question comes up, as it always […]

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