Archives for December 2006

Should Parents Snoop on Their Kids?

Should Parents Snoop on Their Kids? By: Mona R. Spiegel, Ph.D. The Question Our primary job as parents is to keep our children safe. Are we permitted to “snoop” on them in order to protect them from harm? Should we read their diaries, listen to their phone conversations, and check their email log? The Court […]

Family Celebrations

A Personal Story By: Mona R. Spiegel, Ph.D. My birthday is November 28th. This date has influenced my view of family celebrations. As you may realize, November 28th occurs in close proximity to Thanksgiving, and at the apex of the pre-holiday shopping season of Chanukah and Christmas. My birthday was greatly affected by this temporal […]


Choices! If I had to summarize the moral of’s popular ‘Animal School’ movie, I would borrow the words of King Solomon: “Educate a lad according to his way; even in old age he will not depart from it.” While there is a plethora of educational strategies that aid us in individualized education, in accordance […]