How Should I Handle Social Media With My Tweens?

Decisions for the things you Fear

A few weeks ago I got a text from a dear friend.  Her husband had posted a survey question on Facebook. Survey:  who has preteens on Facebook?  I’m not quick to give my son access, but I am curious as to others’ experiences. The minute it was posted, responses began coming in from parents who […]

Be Aware! The Dating Game is Changing

6 Steps to Countering the Culture with Your Teens

This week in USA Today a shocking story hit the press that will influence our teens.  Many Americans are well aware that sleeping together early in the dating relationship is almost a given for a lot of teens.  TV and movies portray this as normal behavior and it has influenced more than a generation.  As parents we might […]

When Our Teens Are Disrespectful

Setting Boundaries with Our Teens

My friend and I joke about our spiritual gift of driving.  Hauling teens from school or activities can be a great time to connect.  However, sometimes our teens can take advantage of our generosity.  I had a mother share with me recently.   “I just lost it!” she admitted. We role played a different scenario. […]

Are You Demanding Respect?

Often I get questions from moms asking how to get their kids to respect them.  I hear the anguish in their voice as they talk about the disobedience, the yelling, the consequence, and then more yelling.  I absolutely can relate.  I’ve been there too many times myself wishing things had not gotten so out of control. […]

Dealing with Parenting Disappointment?

3 Ways to Help Teens Build Confidence in Their Decisions

  Last week was a roller coaster ride of emotion.  It ended in disappointment and I saw confidence crumble.  My elderly mother was contemplating a move  “back home” to be closer to me (her only daughter).  We had talked for months about what it was that she wanted for the remaining years of her life and […]

Want a More Peaceful Home as Your New Year’s Resolution?

5 Things to Consider

As the new year rings in, I’m usually fast to make my new year resolutions.  These usually involve some type of diet, exercise, or other health considerations.  Next in line on that list is typically a project that has sat dormant for years and I resolve to complete it.   Somewhere in the list of […]