Does Your Kid Make You Feel Like You Can Do Nothing Right?

Last week I felt like everything I did for one of my kids was met with sarcasm, frustration, or anger.  The typical jokes we had between us, the acts of kindness I did, and every time I seemed to open my mouth it was met with a snarl of “you never…” or “you always…”.  I […]

It’s Never Too Late to Right the Wrongs

This past week something transpired in our home that helped me realize how our words and actions can have devastating impact on our kids for years to come.  Keep in mind I have four kids who have grown up under our roof who are now 20-Somethings. Most people would have described us as a loving Christian […]

What to Do When Dad is Out-of-Control

Creating Safety in Our Home

It has been amazing to me the number of women who have shared stories of out-of-control behavior from their spouses.  Their teen does something to upset dad and the war is on. It makes me sad. And I’m betting that if you are in that situation in your home, then your feelings are even more […]

What? Freedom with Boundaries?

I listened as my friend lamented her situation.  She was having parent struggles.  Not issues between her and her children, mind you, but issues between her and her parents.  The issues were not only impacting her but affecting her kids as well.

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 […]