Are You Helping or Enabling Your Kids?

4 ways to move from enabling to helping

Most of us would do anything for our kids.  We want them to be happy.  We want them to say we were always there for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in sports, and in relationships.  Our desire is for our kids to be the best they can be and compete at […]

Team or Silo Parenting?

Parenting toward a team mentality is so much easier when our kids are small.  After all, their needs are more basic and we tend to do everything as a family.  The kids help us set the table, put away their toys, and we tend to celebrate each individual’s milestones as a family.  Birthday parties include everyone […]

How to Get Your Kid’s Attention When They Aren’t Listening

Part 2 of 2 -- When you see addictive behaviors in your kids

Last week I gave you two homework assignments.  If you didn’t see them, you can read about them here.  How did you do?  If you were able to complete them, especially the one about remaining silent when your kids weren’t listening, pat yourself on the back — well done! I talk to moms all the time […]

Do Your Kids have Addictive Behaviors?

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

I got a call from my college student on Thursday evening, “Mom, I think I want to come home this weekend if that’s cool.  I’m bringing my XBox.  (Insert long pause.)  I lost two days this week.” I was thankful that he recognized his addiction relapse.  You see, he agonized over whether he should take […]

Are You Trying to Control Your Teen with Anger?

Anger is an emotion that most of us have to deal with from time to time especially when our tweens and teens push our hot buttons.  Typically when this happens our real desire is to just make the situation go away.  Why did you do that?  How dare you speak to me that way!  You are […]

Taming the Beast in your Emotional Teen

Let’s face it, most of us have emotional outbursts from time to time.  Even if not openly for everyone to hear, at least internally where we tell ourselves that the person who has “hurt” us is in the wrong.  Hopefully we don’t go into this mode as often as our teens, but we do have these […]