Tired of the Conflict?

Dare 28

One of the things we sometimes forget as parents is that our brain is hardwired for conflict.  Spend some time with a 2-year old and you will see the way he is willing to stand up for his rights.  “No” seems to be his word of choice as he separates from mom and learns that […]

Are You a Mom of Strength and Dignity?

Dare 18 - Keeping Your Kids from Walking all Over You

Dare 18 in With All Due Respect seems to be a favorite among many of the women who read the book.  Every time I’ve led a group, as soon as moms read it they immediately want to talk about it. We laugh because that is the mom we want to be. Why? Most tell me […]

Are You Creating Conflict Triangles?

Dare 11 -- Owning What is Ours to Own

Sitting in a counselor’s office as an early 30-something, I remember the psychologist introducing me to the conflict triangle.  It appeared that I had been part of one since childhood without even understanding how I was participating.  What I discovered was that when the two people in my life were in conflict, I was the emotional support for […]

When Our Teens Are Disrespectful

Setting Boundaries with Our Teens

My friend and I joke about our spiritual gift of driving.  Hauling teens from school or activities can be a great time to connect.  However, sometimes our teens can take advantage of our generosity.  I had a mother share with me recently.   “I just lost it!” she admitted. We role played a different scenario. […]

Looking for Family Balance?

Steps to Reduce the Stress in Your Home and Build Team Relationship

  Sitting at her desk in the master bedroom Kristin was thankful for the silence. Ted had agreed to focus on the kids and food for the day while she took time to pray and seek God’s guidance.  She had shared with a friend the frenzy that had seemed to creep into their home since the start of school. […]

What to Do When Dad is Out-of-Control

Creating Safety in Our Home

It has been amazing to me the number of women who have shared stories of out-of-control behavior from their spouses.  Their teen does something to upset dad and the war is on. It makes me sad. And I’m betting that if you are in that situation in your home, then your feelings are even more […]