Is it Time for a Reset in Your Parenting?

Dare 4

I don’t know about you, but I seem to do my best parenting after the fact.  Maybe you can relate; so let me explain.   I give my kid freedom he isn’t ready for it and then I don’t know how to take the freedom away without a fight. I don’t think about the potential consequences of […]

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 […]

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, […]

50 Things I Learned From Raising a Challenging Child

A Tribute to Our Daughter August 8, 1988-May 30, 2017

Emerging into the world our daughter arrived six minutes after I had waddled through the emergency entrance at the hospital doors.  Our family joke was that she was the creator of drama and the day of her birth was the beginning.  She had orderlies, nurses, and doctors frantically hustling for her grand entrance while my husband, Dave, was […]

3 Ways to Calm the Storm When Dad is Stressed

Are you a Peacemaker?

In most families dad seems to carry a lot of stress.  If he takes his job as protector/provider seriously, he most likely wants life to run smoothly at home because he can’t always control the circumstances at work.   If you find your husband getting frustrated at things at home that you don’t necessarily think are a big deal, this blog is […]

Are You Trying to Control Your Teen with Anger?

Anger is an emotion that most of us have to deal with from time to time especially when our tweens and teens push our hot buttons.  Typically when this happens our real desire is to just make the situation go away.  Why did you do that?  How dare you speak to me that way!  You are […]