You Want Me to Respect My Kid?

Dare #6

Just the idea that we should respect our kids can rile any parent.  After all, what we really want is for our kids to respect us and typically that doesn’t happen often as our kids move into the teen years.   Many have told me it is counter cultural, and as one mom put it, counter instinctive. […]

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 […]

How Does Your Family Communicate?

Dare 5

It’s easy as parents to try to communicate with all our children the same.  And typically, we tend to communicate with our kids in the way we grew up.  Some families look at communication as a way to make sure their kids are tough, resilient, and able to withstand whatever life sends their way. But should we put more […]

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 Want to be Remembered as a Parent?

Dare 3

This has been a contemplative time for me as a parent.  Dealing with my own daughter’s death and thinking through her life, God has brought to mind many of my parenting interactions — the good, the bad, and the ugly.  There are many of those thoughts where I got it right in my parenting interactions, yet there […]

What Are Your Parenting Truths?

Dare #2

When my kids were in the teen years and there seemed to be more conflict in our home than I wanted to deal with, I started doing some introspection as to what truths I held in my parenting.  What I discovered was that all the things I had learned from my parents during my childhood weren’t necessarily true. […]