Helping Your Tweens and Teens Deal With Those ‘Mean Kids’

Have you ever wished you could put your kids in a bubble until they reached adulthood?  Maybe you’ve felt that if you moved to the middle of nowhere your tweens wouldn’t be hurt or scarred by those ‘mean kids’. There was a time when I thought moving to the middle of nowhere would simplify life — that way […]

Do You Believe the Lie?

Several years ago I was 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 said loud enough for me to hear.”We need to talk with your mom.” Not even allowing him to speak, she ushered […]

Time to Negotiate?

  Tony was notorious for wanting to stay up later than his bedtime allowed.   At 12, he started a full-court press on Jennifer trying to get her to change his bedtime complaining that he was being treated like a little kid. “Mom, you just don’t get it!  Other kids my age don’t even have a […]

The Respect Dare – Used and Hurting

Not quite sure how to console her son, Lita was frustrated at the turn of events.  Her 14 year old son had been so excited to invite Ben over after church.  They had been planning the big day for a couple of weeks! Starting school had been difficult for Logan as he tried to navigate […]

The Respect Dare – Dare 22 – To Do or Not to Do? For Parents of Tweens & Teens

  Rhonda caught herself doing it again. Frustrated, yet ready for the respite of a quiet house until her 14 year old returned from school, Rhonda began counting her blessings as she began to pick up the trail of clutter. Ashlee is doing well in school. Thank you, Lord! Ashlee has a great group of […]

The Respect Dare – Dare 20 – Do I Respect Myself as a Parent? – For Parents of Tweens & Teens

Excusing herself from a Saturday morning Tea at her church, Erin pretended a headache and left in a hurry. As she got to her car she found herself shaking so much that she was having trouble finding the right key to open the car door. Gasping for air and holding back tears, she finally found […]