Tired of the Shouting Match?

Dare 35 - Getting to Heart of Your Kids' Feelings

Getting to the bottom of our emotional reactions to our kids can be difficult.  The heat of the moment can cause us to do things we said we would never do. And it has taken me a long time to understand these reactions even in myself.  Years, in fact.  If I’m feeling something going on […]

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 […]

Will Your Teen’s Christmas be Filled with “FOMO”?

Dare 21 - Take time to Listen

Walking through the mall yesterday I was marveling at the beautiful teen voice that penetrated the massive hallways.  Barely able to walk through the throng of people to see who this incredible girl must be, the music stopped and the next set of performers were beginning their dance moves to a different holiday carol.  The […]

Where Does Your Mind Go When it Comes to Your Kids?

Dare 20

Most of the women in our groups love to talk about Dare 20.  Often they think, “Thank goodness my child would never do that”. In my experience there are two types of moms–those who think the best and those who think the worst.  And know that it matters in the relationship that you want to […]