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Have you had the “big talk” with your preteen or even teen?  Most parents dread the idea of sitting down and discussing the three biggies with their adolescents, namely sex, drugs and alcohol.  But we need to do this and do it often in order to keep them safe says Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine. Click here to learn more.


Working Mother magazine features an interview with Julie Ross, founder of Parenting Horizons, on the four essential parenting tools for keeping the lines of communication open with your teenager. Read the article online here

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 In a revised edition of their 1995 bestseller, parenting expert Ross give practical, psychology-based communication strategies for successful co-parenting after divorce, including a new chapter on technology applications. Read full review

Is it possible to transform a toxic divorce into a harmonious one? How do you turn the blame and insults into positive productive communication? Listen to the KPCC Public Radio interview as Julie Ross suggests a variety of ways to mitigate the negative effects of infighting on the children of divorced parents.

Twenty-seven years ago, when Julie Ross’s first child was born, she made a discovery: those child-development textbooks she’d read for her master’s in psychology had little to do with diapers and feedings and crying spells. Theory was fine, but now she needed on-the-job training. She looked for a parenting support group, and discovered that the people leading them had the same degree she did.

“So I thought, let me just explore this,” she remembers. What she found was that parenting books and media “experts” were creating a generation of panicked parents uncertain about how to guide their children through the minefield of body image, Internet safety, substance abuse, sex-in addition to the less modern challenges of plain old growing up. “My whole business began with the idea of giving parents practical techniques to fix these things that people are writing about.”

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