When Adults Tattle on Your Kid

With four teens under my roof at the same time, it was not uncommon to have adult “friends” who would tell me something that one of those teens had done that was wrong. I’ve had teachers, leaders, neighbors, and other moms say things like, “Well, if this was my kid I would want to know.” […]

4 Ways to Tame Sibling Taunting

I’ve heard a new common cliche from lots of young moms over the last several years. “I want to make sure I do everything right so I don’t mess my kid up.” Or, “I wonder how much counseling my kid will need because of something I’ve inflicted on them?” While I understand that it is easy to […]

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 […]