Are You Helping Your Kids Too Much?

Most of us would do anything for our kids.  We want them to be happy.  We want them to say we were always there for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in sports, and in relationships.  Our desire is for our kids to be the best they can be and compete at […]

Are You Coaching Toward Adulthood?

A friend of mine sent me a text this week –“She is crazy in love with the baby, but slow on the ‘adulting’.” A 20-something shows up at my house with no socks for the weekend, “Oh, I haven’t done laundry for over a month.” And a high school junior looks at mom and says, […]

Do Your Kids Skin Their Knees Enough?

I well remember when my kids were little.  They would skin their knee and I would kiss their boo boo, give them a hug, and help wipe their tears away.  These were tender moments of connection letting my child know that I would always be there for them when things hurt.  And then they’d go […]

How Do We Foster Integrity In Our Kids?

I remember one of my kids coming home feeling defeated several years ago.  It was over a Latin test that she had failed.  I knew it had to be hard switching from one school to another between Latin I and Latin II–different text books and different teacher.  But she was determined to finish, even though […]

When Your Teen Is Living In Their Fantasy World

Most of us like a good novel where we want the main character to conquer the impossible or find that their dream comes true.  We all have dreams and fantasies we would like to become a reality.  And our teens are no different. But what about the times when our kids believe their fantasy will […]

Are You Caught In the Extreme of Parenting?

Dare 39 - Seeing The Good

I hear it often from women– almost daily.  The excuses, I mean.  The “I don’t deserve, I wish it were better, If only I could be more, I should have,” and the list goes on.  In their mind, they never quite measure up.  And they start owning everything that goes with parenting.  They own the […]