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 […]

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 […]

Dare 17 – The Respect Dare – Behind the Scenes – For Parents of Twenty-Somethings

The phone had been silent for several days and Shannon began to worry. Silence usually meant something was going on that her daughter didn’t want her to know about. Silence meant whatever was happening was something that her daughter knew she wouldn’t approve of. Silence meant this chasm would widen, the earth would give way, […]

Dare 15 – The Respect Dare – Where Is Your Treasure? – For Parents of 20-Somethings

Several years ago as I was finishing up some bills at my desk, I had the urge to call my son who was away at college. Looking at the clock, I hesitated. “Maybe he’s in bed”, I thought to myself. “It is almost 11:00.” I knew it was wishful thinking on my part to believe […]

Dare 14 – The Respect Dare – Communicating on an Adult Level with Your 20-Something

Terri caught herself doing it again. “Just listen,” she thought to herself. “Don’t offer advice; don’t ask too many questions.” Jake, her 22 year old, had gone into his silent mode, yet again. Right in the middle of his story, he just stopped talking. He was annoyed with her. It was his way of getting […]

Dare 12 – The Respect Dare – It’s Not About ME? – For Parents of Tweens & Teens

Cornered as we walked into church on Sunday morning, I watched another mom reach out to my junior high son just steps ahead of me. “Not so fast,” she murmured, “we need to talk with your mom.” Not even allowing him to speak, she ushered my 13 year old son over to me. I watched […]