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A mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is recovery. Read more

Kari Kampakis

“My daughter told me I need to get a life,” my friend said, and we laughed because her daughter is in sixth grade. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Of the many lessons I try to teach my children, one of the most essential lessons is to trust their gut instincts and funny feelings. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Right now, if you are raising or influencing teenagers, you have a window of opportunity that won’t always exist. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Our world needs more people who take a genuine interest in others. Read more

Kari Kampakis

We are raising kids in a competitive culture with more upper-middle class families who enjoy higher standards of living and more disposable income than previous generations. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Comparison is never helpful. It makes us feel inferior or superior, less-than someone else or better-than them. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Oftentimes, what hurts most with rejection isn’t the event itself, but the emotions that are triggered. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Your vibe attracts your tribe, and the way to attract real friends is to be a real friend first. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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"Mountain Brook has a problem with underage drinking. Every community in the U.S. struggles with this serious concern, but student surveys show that we have a problem that is even more serious than most communities." Read more

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"It was a simple task, really, and one that many families had successfully carried out before us." Read more

Kari Kampakis

"When people talk about teenage girls today, the conversation often turns to how addicted they are to their phones. But what nobody seems to ask is, 'Why?'" Read more

Kari Kampakis

Don’t we all long to leave a legacy that outlives our time on earth and keeps our memory alive? Read more

Kari Kampakis

These moms don’t care about their kids being popular or belonging to a particular circle. But when they see their child sit home every weekend with nothing to do and notice how it impacts their self-esteem, it hurts them. Read more

Kari Kampakis

What made Papou a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend could be summed up in one word: consistency. Read more

Kari Kampakis

"Several years ago, I heard about a fifth-grade boy who showed character during a summer all-stars baseball game that was intense and high-stakes." Read more

Kari Kampakis

"Not one child is my mini-me, and that’s a good thing." Read more

Kari Kampakis

"When I was younger, I tended to let messages about forgiveness go in one ear and out the other. Quite honestly, it didn’t make sense for me to forgive people who had wronged me or done something to justify my distaste for them." Read more

Kari Kampakis

"Imagine your child at the top of a ski slope. They’re about to ski down for their first time, but for now, they’re relishing the view." Read more

Kari Kampakis

"​It recently occurred to me that my husband and I have reached an interesting midpoint in parenting." Read more

Kari Kampakis

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