The Gift of Boarding School…Sisters for Life!

  This weekend, I met a young girl who was leaving for boarding school, Asheville School, the next day. She had all of her “stuff” piled up in her room but was leaving home early the next morning so she could set up her side of the room before her roommate arrived. Boy could I relate to that idea after spending … Read More

Louise Presents with Karyn at NATSAP

  Louise really enjoyed speaking at NATSAP in October with Karyn Kaminski. Their presentation was called “I Just Can’t Fix Your Kid.” Below is the PowerPoint for you to review.   What do you think? without-video-i-cant-just-fix-your-kid-se-natsap-2016  

Women and Body Dysmorphia

In case you haven’t been following the story in the news of Barbie, Mattel has been losing market shares to other dolls, such as Elsa from the movie, Frozen, who sings “Let It Go”.  An interesting fact for me, that was quoted in the February issue of Time Magazine, was that Barbie was introduced in 1959 at the New York Toy … Read More

How to Raise Financially Smart Kids?

Tuesday, May and I had the privilege of being invited to hear a New York Times columnist and author, Ron Lieber, speak about his book, The Opposite of Spoiled Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. Ron was a very engaging speaker and highly endorsed a game with cards that was developed by our local community foundation, … Read More

Shame vs. Guilt

What is the difference between shame and guilt? In a simplistic way, shame is saying “I am bad.” and guilt is saying “I did something bad.” There is a HUGE difference between the two. A counselor named Terry Bradshaw coined the phrase years ago: Toxic Shame and wrote a book about the shame that binds you. Why does shame bind … Read More

Anxiety: The Quiet Problem That Often Gets Downplayed or Overlooked

At The Price Group we are seeing a definite rise in the number of students with severe anxiety.  May Peach presented at our national IECA conference in the spring on what has changed for middle schoolers in the last decade.  One of the major changes is that we load our students up with high school courses, more homework and in … Read More

Book Review–The Emperor’s New Drugs by: Irving Kirsch

  My son went to a new psychiatrist who told him that after prescribing antidepressants for years and also believing that depression, at least in part, is caused by a chemical imbalance, he had decided to do more research. He had come to the conclusion that there was no clear evidence that antidepressants were more clinically effective than placebos! He … Read More

Helicopter Teacher

I know we have all heard the phrase “helicopter parents” but have you heard the phrase “helicopter teachers”? This article describes how the students of this generation are so focused on grades and performance. They expect each teacher to “spell out” or specifically tell them what is required in a paper so they can get a good grade. What happened … Read More

NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) is a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. May and I sometimes find that when we recommend wilderness therapy as a first step in a series of interventions for an adolescent or young adult, the home therapist will strongly disagree with our recommendation! They will say things like: “this child … Read More