Barbara Lilley

Features Writer

Barbara Lilley is the mother of four teenagers. She is surviving this time of eye-rolling, sarcastic responses and generally being ignored by her offspring by drinking copious amounts of coffee, commiserating with other parents, and occasionally hiding in her closet. Wine helps.

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When the Government Says It’s Ok, How Do Parents Say No?

When the Government Says It’s Ok, How Do Parents Say No?

“Just say no!” That was the rallying cry for teens in the 1980’s. Day after day, week after week, we were told how dangerous drugs were for us. In my first year of high school, a very tall and formidable police officer came into our classroom one day, carrying a large briefcase. [...]

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Surviving March Break...Again!

Surviving March Break...Again!

March Break, that annual, filled-with-anticipation-can’t-wait-for-a-break-from-that-horrendous-place-called-school that fills all children with hope, and parents with panic at the thought of how to occupy their darling offspring, is almost upon us. If you have not already planned an escape to some [...]

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