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 […]

Taming the Beast in your Emotional Teen

Let’s face it, most of us have emotional outbursts from time to time.  Even if not openly for everyone to hear, at least internally where we tell ourselves that the person who has “hurt” us is in the wrong.  Hopefully we don’t go into this mode as often as our teens, but we do have these […]

5 Steps to Resetting Christmas Expectations

Christmas with Teens - Part I

The other day I found myself in a fast food restaurant  with two teens sitting a booth away.  As I eavesdropped on their conversation, I realized that they were in the same mode I was in! Here I was sitting with my list of all the things I needed to accomplish to make the holidays […]

Time to Change Communication Habits?

Misty caught herself doing it again. But this time she knew what she had done it all wrong. She could fix it if she could think through the steps calmly. She knew she needed to change her communication with her 14 year old son, but she was just so emotional where he was concerned. He […]