Last week I spent over 10 hours in the car driving to North Carolina with my family I learned a lot. Even as a mom who spends her professional time watching others with a suspicious eye, I realized how little I really know about how my teenage son spends his time on line. Just when I thought I had it – a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and a … [Read more...] about Twitter Today Roulette Tomorrow….Keeping Up with Your Teen’s Internet Safety
As I’m sure most of you already know, transgender Olympic athlete and reality star Bruce Jenner revealed himself this week on the cover of Vanity Fair as his true self Caitlyn Jenner. While I am no expert and am in no position to comment on transgender struggles, I will say that I wish her well and hope she finds peace in her new public role as a … [Read more...] about What Has Caitlyn Jenner Gotten Herself Into?
This Sunday marks another day of celebrating the universally agreed upon hardest job in the world. I don’t really think one day is enough considering the beating many of us take the other 364 days a year, but I’ll take it. If you’re like me, you’ll receive a card reading something like this, “To the Best Mom in the World.” Let’s be honest, we can’t … [Read more...] about What Makes a Super Mom? – A Mommy PI’s Definition
“He was a sweet, nice kid” That’s how *Brian’s father described his 19 year old son who was stabbed and killed by his girlfriend on April 6 in the apartment they shared where Brian was attending school. A typical case of domestic abuse under not so typical circumstances. Brian and his girlfriend were young. Too young. He was a well built and … [Read more...] about Domestic Violence – Early Intervention Can Mean Prevention
I finally finished my taxes last night and like many of you I breathed my annual sigh of relief. Reviewing the details of our financial picture can be grueling and even painful. It’s easy to go through the year with blinders on when we over spend or make poor decisions. But in April of each year we have no choice but to lay it all out for Uncle … [Read more...] about Financial Infidelity….A Cheater Among Us?
If you’re like me, holidays mean much more than filling Easter baskets with goodies, or cleaning out the pantry for Passover. They mean family time, and I mean LOTS of family time. Family members gathered together, traveling long distances, sharing meals, stories, and who knows what else. These groups of people are related, but are not necessarily … [Read more...] about Holiday Heavy Lifting
Last night I nearly fell off my couch. As I was flipping through the channels I saw the infamous Abby Lee from Dance Moms previewing a new show. Can you guess what Abby Lee was promoting? None other than ANOTHER reality show about young girls being plucked from their idyllic childhood into the world of professional voyeurism to “star” in their own … [Read more...] about Reality Shows – A Peeping Tom’s Paradise
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not Irish, but this holiday is impossible to miss. Shamrock green wreaths and inflatable leprechauns throughout my neighborhood makes the St. Patrick’s Day fever downright contagious, even to a those of us who have never tasted Irish soda bread or sipped a green beer. All day today the Irish, and the Irish at heart, … [Read more...] about When the Luck of the Irish Goes Bad
What is going on? In Washington we have a former first lady AND Secretary of State claiming she just thought it was easier to keep all her emails under one address, which just happens to be her personal email with the secure server safely under her own roof. And, in Oklahoma we have yet another college fraternity doing something uber stupid … [Read more...] about Ignorance is No Excuse For Bad Behavior
...I’m often asked my professional opinion about spying on our kids, and I always answer the same way, “ if you ask a Private Investigator, someone who earns her living through investigating other people, whether she thinks parents should spy on their kids, what do you think the answer will be?” Spy, spy, spy, my fellow parents... As you see … [Read more...] about To Spy Or Not To Spy – The Teen Years