Emotions Out of Control? 5-Steps to Reset the Relationship

Dare #7

Emotional outbursts can be spurred in most of us.  We find ourselves yelling at our kids when our space has been upset.  The same is true of our teens.  They come home from school livid at something that happened and instead of dealing with the situation, they stalk through the kitchen screaming at us and what we’ve […]

Validation is SO important When Interacting With Our Teens

Dare 13

For those of you who have been following along with the blog dares and the book, you’ll notice that I’m taking a leap out of sequence.   The word validation has been cropping up everywhere I turn for the past two weeks and it is a piece of Dare 13.  It’s something that I’ve struggled […]

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 […]