Fifty Posts!

A couple of years ago, when Josie had a student in my class, she often would approach me with, “Say, Mrs. Acuna – what should I do about. . .?”  Her questions ranged from dealing with adolescent moods to motivating her daughter to do better in school.  “You always have such good advice,” she’d say.  “You should think about writing a book!”

I have thought about it – and this blog, begun about 10 months ago, was my first step (along with starting my own company, BRIDGE*Parenting).  Fifty posts later, I’m surprised to discover I still haven’t run out of things to say!  Certainly my classroom provides plenty of fodder, especially this year, when I get to spend time with seventy 7th and 8th graders as the day goes on.  But I also blog about questions and issues raised by parents (including Josie, whose daughter is in high school), and also by students (“I wish you’d tell my parents that!”).

I find teenagers fascinating and funny, and they never fail to tug at my heart as they navigate their way through the storms of adolescence.  I ache for their parents when I see them getting sucked into the storms with their teens.  They often make the same mistake an untrained rescuer might make when trying to help a drowning person – getting too close and trying to do too much, or trying to overpower the victim.

And so I write, and I advise (only when asked!), and I dream of the day when I see my name on a book cover or I receive an invitation to speak at a conference.  I’m building a website (and a “platform”) and learning how to market myself.

In the meantime, what’s going on with you and your teen?  Can I help?

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