Does Fear Drive You to Control?

Sitting in the driver’s seat of our son’s 1996 Camry in rush hour traffic, I could feel the shift of the engine revving up.  I was sitting on an exit ramp with nowhere to go.  Even with my foot on the brake, the minute I let up to inch forward I could feel the car […]

Are You Keeping Your Kid From Pain?

Years ago I found myself in the middle of a decision.  And I agonized over it. Would I say ‘yes’ to an opportunity that would only happen once in a lifetime or stay home with my tween who had a birthday that weekend? Today, I find myself in a similar situation.  This time my kid […]

6 Things I Learned from an Embarrassing Kid Moment

Have you ever wished you were invisible because your tween or teen did something that embarrassed you?  Trust me when I say that I’ve been there on more than one occasion.  With four teens under my roof at one time, there was plenty of opportunity for me to encounter situations where my teens didn’t use […]

Are You Thinking of the Next Stage in Parenting?

My husband and I did something totally out of the ordinary last weekend.  We went to a retirement symposium.  Even though we aren’t ready to retire quite yet, we are “thinking” about it.  Of course, the main focus of the seminar was all about financial stability and being able to have our dream retirement.  But […]

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 […]

Do You Accuse or Choose to Handle Your Challenging Situations Differently?

Part 2 of 2

Last week I shared a story of a mother who was more focused on accusing her daughter’s friend rather than handling the challenging situation in a way that would foster relationship with her teen. (Click here to read.)  The same week that I was traveling, I spoke with a grandmother who was trying to impact […]