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
A new survey reveals that girls who regularly watch reality TV expect a higher level of drama and bullying in their daily lives. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports. Then, Erica Hill and Jeff Glor talk to Julie Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons and author of "How to Hug a Porcupine," about the ways to counter the influences teenage girls are seeing in reality television.
Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex
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.
How to Talk to Your Tween-Aged Kids
Is your chatty kid suddenly sullen and silent? Welcome to the world of tween parenting. Parenting expert Julie Ross's got 7 ways to get the conversation going again. Read the full article at Parenting.com here.
Twenty-one 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.”
Julie Ross, author of the book Joint Custody with a Jerk: Co-Parenting with an Uncooperative Spouse," offers tips during an interview with Attorney Irwin Pollack, host of the Talking About Divorce radio show. Click here to listen.
Many of my students have heard me talk about a short video that accurately and simply explains what "consent" looks and sounds like. I recommend reviewing it yourself before sharing it with your children. I believe that this short video can be a launching point for a great discussion -- not just about sex but also in the broader sense of setting boundaries (for example, "no means no".)