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In times of great social change, we look for the things we can control. We may not be able to predict the future for ourselves or our teens, but we can control how we communicate. The way we communicate reveals what we value and how we value it. I longed to connect...
You can ease their fear through connection. Try engaging them with open ended questions or statements of invitation to check in with your kids about how they are doing.
Define your parenting purpose and lay the foundation for a mindful holiday.
Parents rank homework hassles as one of the biggest struggles with teens. The 3 Choice process requires listening and brainstorming three possible solutions. Choose one together. Take action and report back.
I had to dig deep, get real and communicate honestly from the heart with no pretext or agenda. I learned the dance of engaging and letting go in order to help her find the resources and support that were tailored to her needs. As it turns out, she needed my authenticity to affirm hers and heal.
The Christmas tree has been boxed if artificial and put to the curb if real and we face a new year. Dr. Martin Luther King quotes may abound this time of year, but perhaps it’s worthy to remember his last Christmas sermon. “The Christmas hope for peace and...
Rolled eyes. Deep sighs. Glares and the silent treatment may be part of your glorious differentiating, individuating teen. It means your teen is moving away from you and defining off your example, as they should in their stage of development. Even if you have seen...
Between helicopter parents afraid to relinquish control and permissive parents afraid to exert authority, there is a respectful middle ground which is not fear-based. But what does it look like? How do you find that illusive balance in parenting and fulfills the...
I just had the privilege of working with some parents in one of our local school districts. Eighty five parents answered a brief survey about the top things they struggle with in parenting teens. The results are in. Parents struggle with their teens disrespectful...
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