Tuesday, July 30, 2013


          It's that time again. Seemed like a short summer, huh? When preparing to start the school year, it is important to have the clothes, and school supplies. However, it is also important to prepare your child's mindset for success. Make it a family affair. Have a family meeting (or several) to discuss yours and your child's expectations for this year, and plan to communicate daily (even if just to check in on their school day). And show them how much confidence you have in them and their work (see Focus On The Positive, 7/25/07). This is not just if you have young children. It may be more necessary for your teen (see Teenagers, ... What Can I Say? 11/9/07), and helpful for the young college student.
          You should consider developing a contract (Contract For Success, 8/2/07) with your child that includes REWARDS (lots), agreements about grades and homework (Homework, 8/21/07), and include any behavior issues that need to be focused on. Read my postings addressing peer pressure (Peer Pressure, Good and Bad, 8/15/07), and the use of video games (Video Games, ... Good And Bad, You Decide,10/28/07), to get some ideas about these issues. Of course, it is important to have a relationship with your child's teacher (Your Child, Your Teacher, and You: A Team For Success, 8/29/07).

          Be aware that their return to school will likely increase your child's stress (Managing School Stress, 8/9/07). There are a lot of educational, and social demands made on your child at this time. Even if they like school they can run into some difficulties that require your assistance. Make sure they eat right, exercise, and communicate about any concerns that arise. If your child's behavior or stress problems begin to interfere with their school performance (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, 10/18/08; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, 6/17/08) or you get concerned about drug use, get help. Don't wait for the problem to grow out of control (When Should We Get Help, 9/5/07). Remember to be optimistic, and have high (realistic) expectations. HAVE A GOOD YEAR!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Last month we went on a great vacation trip to San Diego.  One of the things that made it so enjoyable was visiting our friends Stacey and Adam and enjoying the ceviche that Adam made. 

I've always been reluctant to explore preparing ceviche because of the idea of not cooking the fish that we are going to eat.  Well I learned, and got the opportunity to enjoy, the non-traditional "cooking" of  fish that I love. As you'll see in the recipe below, the fish cooks in lemon and lime juices.  The acid of the juice does actually cook the fish that is soaking in it.  We tried it.  It came out great.  I want to share it with you.  Let me know what you think.
Adam's Ceviche

1 - 2 lbs.  Scallops/Red Snapper/Tuna or other Fresh Fish (we used lobster, mahi, scallops, and cooked shrimp)
1 lb. Shrimp (small, cooked)
1/2 cup chopped onions (or more depending on your taste)
3/4 cups cilantro
2 - 3 large tomatoes, chopped
2 stems green onion, chopped
3 lemons (juice)
3 limes (juice)
salt, ground pepper (to taste, we left the salt out)
jalapeno chile or serrano pepper, chopped (optional)
1 cup clam juice (optional)
1 small can tomato sauce (optional)
red pepper flakes (to taste, optional)
garlic, minced (optional)


Cut the fresh fish and cooked shrimp and put it into a mixing bowl, with the chopped vegetables, cilantro, garlic, and red pepper flakes.  Add clam juice and/or tomato sauce. 
Pour the juice of the lemons and the limes over the mixture. Be sure the fish is all covered by the juice.
Cover the bowl and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.  It is good to serve with tortillas, or other chips.

Get creative with this recipe.  Adam won't mind.