A Christmas of Rest

This year the Christmas season started early for us.  My oldest announced that he was taking his family to Germany to spend time with his wife’s family.  With that decision, our family started trying to find a date where we could all still be together to celebrate the holiday.  We unwrapped our presents just eight […]

Do You Offer Hope to Your Teens?

My husband has a saying, “Every teen we come in contact with needs someone to take them seriously.”   Just the other day, I discovered how true that is as I was sitting in a room of women.  A fifty something woman literally glowed as she spoke, “You’ll never guess what happened this week.  My mother […]

How Do Your Kids See Christmas?

I had an interesting exchange (or maybe it’s better termed as frustrating discussion) with one of my kids this week that makes me wonder how I could have been so blind. We were talking about Christmas.  Christmas for me is all about the surprise.  I typically choose to toss out a few gift ideas to […]

Are You Coasting As a Parent?

Learning to Parent with a Sense of Urgency

I was listening to a podcast this week about setting goals for 2019.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of goal setting, I typically think of my career, my finances, my health, and other areas that I can quantify.  I’ll admit that becoming a better parent is on my list, but it […]

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Conflict is Inevitable

Gearing Up for the Holidays

Conflict is inevitable in any relationship.  And when the conflict happens with those we love, the emotional impact can be devastating and tear us apart leaving us fragmented and wounded.  Many times this pain and anguish can last for decades.  Not only that, but it can impact how we behave in other relationships. Sometimes it […]

Time for a Different Strategy?

This has been a busy and emotional week for me–two marriages in trouble with people whom I love and want to support, a friend’s  husband ready for hospice care with a funeral to plan (she knows I’ve planned a funeral), and a mom and dad who want to help their recovering addict mature to independence […]