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.  […]

Are You a Reactive Parent?

Dare 29 - 5 Steps to Gaining Self-Control

Sitting on the deck reading while enjoying the warmth of the early summer sun, I barely noticed the activity at the pool nestled behind the evergreens.  Immersed in my book, I was suddenly blasted with a string of profanity being hurled from the pool area.  In a fit of anger, I watched a dad rant […]

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 […]

5 Actions to Take When You Can’t Believe Who Your Kids Are Hanging Out With!

Dare 26

It’s tough as a parent when our kids choose to hang out with what we might refer to as “unsavory” characters.  Whether it is the need to feel included or a desire to test the waters of independence, most kids are more likely than not to choose friends that are not necessarily a good influence […]