Dear Annie: I am the mother of twin pre-teens and I am ready to start navigating the mine field of inevitable puberty. I am amazed that some of their friends have hit puberty at such a young age. How do I best prepare my girls for the changes they will soon see in their bodies? At what age should they first see a gynecologist? ~ Wondering Mom
Dear Wondering Mom, ...continue reading
Dear Friends, Family and Fans,
I just wanted to post this quickly to update you on the fact that my bid for the Advice Guru Job at Good Morning America is over. They announced 7 of the 20 to continue on and I was not among them.
It has been an awesome ride - though it ended before I wanted to get off. The best parts involved getting to answer questions, learning to have more faith in myself and all of you - the people who stepped up and made me feel extremely cared about. ...continue reading
OK - So I am looking to start my own little Good Morning America Challenge and YOU are invited to participate.
Below is a question that I must answer for the next round of GMA's Advice Guru contest. But I know many people would have Guru-worthy answers and would love to make that point. So I invite you to do the same:
What do you think is the secret to living a good life? (Change it to a GREAT life for bonus points!)
Here is the criteria: ...continue reading
Here are my answers to the first two GMA Guru Questions. If you think I give good advice, please Vote on, Comment on, or Facebook 'like' them. And even if the subjects don't appeal to you, if you are open - I can GUARANTEE you will learn something for yourself in each of them.
Answer #3: Aging, Guilt & Family Tradition
Answer #2: Preparing Girls for Puberty
Answer #1: Mom & ME Time and taking time for you
(Votes are cumulative over all the questions. Vote box is at the end of the article.) ...continue reading
It's official! Out of 15,000 applicants, amazingly, I am one of 20 finalists in Good Morning America's new Advice Guru!
This is an amazing opportunity and one that I think I would be wonderful at! But here is where I need your help for a change.
So if you believe in me and my work and want to help, here are some ways to do that:
Read, Vote on, Comment on, FB Like, and/or Share my GMA Advice (See above for links). ...continue reading
Well, it's official!
As of Monday morning - I am one of 20 finalists in Good Morning America's search for an Advice Guru!
Not sure what happens next but I am feeling pretty happy to have made it through over 15,000 applications to the top 20.
Want to know more? Here are 3 things to do if you're interested:
- Check out my application at GMA, feel free to leave a comment or 'like' it.
- You can also ask a question at GMA here.
Oh - and wish me luck!
#1: The following is the first of 3 questions for the ABC Good Morning America Advice Guru Challenge. I applied for the position. What do you think of my 150-word-or-less answer?
Whenever there is an issue between my mother-in-law and me, my husband refuses to stand up for me. How do I get him to value our relationship more than the one with his mother?
Annie Answers: Do you and your husband agree that marriage is about having each other's backs? If not - I think I've found the real challenge. But if so then you need to ask him to have yours. In order to grow in your relationship as opposed to grow apart - he will need to set the record straight with his mom that you matter. ...continue reading
#2: The following is the second of 3 questions for the ABC Good Morning America Advice Guru Challenge. I applied for the position. What do you think of my 150-word-or-less answer?
While cleaning my son's room, I accidentally saw on his Facebook page threatening remarks from his friends. I fear he's being bullied. What should I do?
Annie Answers: The bottom line is to be the kind of parent your son needs. Start by not freaking out - calm parenting trumps crazed parenting any day.
Explain how you came to see the posts, apologize for the intrusion and then - calmly - find out what is going on. Your goal is to determine how real the threat is. And that starts with listening. ...continue reading
#3: The following is the third of 3 questions for the ABC Good Morning America Advice Guru Challenge. I applied for the position. What do you think of my 150-word-or-less answer?
My boss keeps taking credit for my ideas. What should I do?
Annie Answers: Bosses that don't build up their teams are not great bosses. But until we have a magic wand to make others do the right thing, here are some options.
Do nothing: Especially if your job is generally satisfying and your boss is ok in other ways, you may decide to stay quiet and even offer up your ideas for the team. ...continue reading