Tired of the Conflict with Your Tweens, Teens, & 20-Somethings?

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Sitting in his second floor home office, my husband, Dave, heard the scurry of feet with the rolling of what could only be walnuts across the attic floor.  Not wanting to hurt what had to be a pesky squirrel storing his winter stash, my husband did a humane thing.  He bought a trap that would […]

Want a More Peaceful Home as Your New Year’s Resolution?

5 Things to Consider

As the new year rings in, I’m usually fast to make my new year resolutions.  These usually involve some type of diet, exercise, or other health considerations.  Next in line on that list is typically a project that has sat dormant for years and I resolve to complete it.   Somewhere in the list of […]

5 Things You Can Ask Yourself if You Have an Angry Teen

Sitting in the counselor’s office with her husband, Renee wondered how they had gotten to the place where they were. Their 13 year old son was filled with anger and resentment and it seemed hopeless that things would change. “Maybe the counselor can give us answers,” she had whispered hopefully to Jason as they were […]

Battlefront Parenting – Dream or Vision?

I remember distinctly that I did my best parenting before I had kids. I remember going through the grocery store seeing a kid throw a hissy-fit over candy in the isle.  My kid will never do that!

Do Your Kids Understand Compassion–Especially Your Boys?

Sending out an email to the neighborhood watch list for our missing cat, I hoped someone would help us find Sniper soon.  Typically this  sit-by-the-corner-of-the-house-waiting-for-someone-to-open-the-door critter didn’t stray far from home.  Most of the time she’d sit on the steps waiting for the birds to swoop into our backyard for a game of chase then she’d hop […]

Detours That Need Repair?

As a parent I have been known to take detours that lead me down a path that is in desperate need of repair.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Maybe there is a rule in your home where you’ve outlined a consequence, and just once you forgot to enforce it.  What happens?  The whining […]