Grieving Our Children’s Choices

Dealing with Expectations

As I continue to grieve the loss of my daughter, I’m noticing that I’m choosing to slow life down a bit.  I’m assuming that part of it is that others are giving me space and they understand on some level the complexity of the emotional turmoil that I’m in at the moment. When I feel overwhelmed, […]

Crazy Mom Moments?

If you are like me, you know what it is like to have those Crazy Mom Moments.  It’s when our kids make a statement that puts us in a moment of panic.  “Oh my, I have to fix his faulty thinking” is what quickly runs through our brains and all we can think to do at […]

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 […]

Dare 20 – The Respect Dare – How do I Respect My 20-Something?

I was absolutely elated! The phone call had finally come! “We’ve been able to move your son’s appointment up to July. Will that work?” “Absolutely! You really did get him in for July? This is great! I was beginning to doubt this would even be a possibility! Thank you.” As I started listening to the […]

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 […]

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, […]