Are You Helping or Enabling Your Kids?

4 ways to move from enabling to helping

Most of us would do anything for our kids.  We want them to be happy.  We want them to say we were always there for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in sports, and in relationships.  Our desire is for our kids to be the best they can be and compete at […]

Is Fear and Worry Keeping You From Connection With Your Kids?

  Maybe you are like most moms and tend to be a worrier.  I’ll admit that it is the same for me. As my kids were finishing up those last few months of their senior year of high school, my worry meter was on high alert.  While my kids were anticipating their new freedom–heading off […]

When Deadlines Become Critical

Motivating our Teens to Move Forward

Shelly was watching with bated breath.  Her son Justin had just turned 18 in the middle of his last year of high school and senioritis was setting in big time.  Not only did school seem to be losing its importance, but his behavior exuded that “you can’t make me because I’m an adult” and was […]

Frantic with Last Minute Christmas Shopping?

Christmas with Teens - Part 2

My guess is that even with Christmas less than a week away, many of us are still frantic trying to make sure we get those last minute gifts for our tweens and teens.  If your kids are anything like mine, something seems to happen in our teens’ brains the week before Christmas.  Those synapses that didn’t seem […]

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 […]

Too Tired to be Thankful?

I don’t know about you, but at my house as the holidays approach, it is sometimes hard to be thankful.  Let’s face it, if we are mom, the holidays can be work–significantly extra work. I remember a period of several years when  holidays became a chore rather than a celebration.  After spending more time in the grocery store […]