Are Other Moms Hiding from You?

Dare 36

I have a confession to make.  I used to hide from other moms. Let me explain.  I’d pretend I didn’t see them or walk in a different direction diverting my eyes hoping they wouldn’t notice me.  I’d pull back from interacting with the moms who always seemed to want to share the latest new accomplishment […]

Tired of the Shouting Match?

Dare 35 - Getting to Heart of Your Kids' Feelings

Getting to the bottom of our emotional reactions to our kids can be difficult.  The heat of the moment can cause us to do things we said we would never do. And it has taken me a long time to understand these reactions even in myself.  Years, in fact.  If I’m feeling something going on […]

What if I Mess My Kid Up?

Dare 34 - Our Parenting Fears

As I talk to mothers across the country, I hear it more and more, “I’m afraid I’ll do something to mess my kid up”.  I want us to take a step back from that statement and think deeply about what that real fear might be. Do we think that we might say something that will […]

5 Things to Consider in Modeling Healthy Relationships for Our Kids

Dare 33

Most all of us have struggled at one time or another with a relationship.  A best friend who takes advantage of us, a parent who always has to have the final say, a boss who uses his positional authority in a negative way, can leave us unsure of what to do next.  Depending on whether […]

Are You a Peaceful Mom?

Dare 37

It took me over two and a half decades to become a peaceful mom. And I’ll admit, that some days I still fail.   But what is interesting to me is that many of my peers who have kids well in their 20’s and 30’s are not what I would term as peaceful moms.  Instead of […]

How to Deal With An Angry Parent

Dare 32 - Handling Family Conflict Respectfully

On a radio interview this week the host asked me a pointed question.  “How should mom deal with the situation when Dad is yelling at the teen in an over-the-top way?  Should she step in?  Should she keep her mouth shut?” I didn’t hesitate for a second because the question comes up all the time.  […]