How Do You Measure Up As a Parent?

Dare #1

Over the years it has been interesting to interact with parents who have kids that are just moving into the middle school years.  I see many confident in their parenting.  Whatever they have been doing so far seems to be working and they feel like they will glide through the junior high and high school […]

Seizing the Moment

Sitting in my kitchen drinking my morning tea, I had my to-do list in hand. All those things I didn’t get done last week!! If you are like me, sometimes I obsess over what hasn’t gotten accomplished. Life is good when things are being removed from my to-do list. It’s finished…time to celebrate by marking […]

Who’s Controlling Your Family?

Maybe It's Time for a Conversation

Coming home from a 6:00 am men’s group at our church, my husband put his book on the kitchen counter. “Wow! This morning really made me think about how I grew up and the impact moms have on their kid’s lives. They played a video of a Mom’s letter to her son and I felt […]

Re-entry + Time = Conflict

I seem to be swimming in re-entry these days. For me, I’ve been struggling with re-entry into blogging.  The longer I’ve procrastinated (+time), the more conflict that seems to take place in my mind.  You know the kind where you carry on a conversation with yourself .  The voices go something like “once I get this […]

When Tempers Flare (Part 2)

In looking at taming the wild beast within us so that we don’t wound the ones we love, we need to look at the goal of the relationship. What is that goal?   To get your way?  To make sure the other person does what you ask them?  To win?  To make sure you are […]

When Tempers Flare (Part I)

Nothing spurs me on more than interacting with a wife and mother who “gets it”.  Notice I didn’t say, “always gets it right”.  It’s just that she recognizes that something needs to change in the communication with her husband.  And if this mom had teenagers, I’m guessing she would become painfully aware of how communication […]