You Want Me to Argue?

My world is spinning in marriage as of late.  Not my own marriage, but difficult marriages. About eight months ago my husband told me he had been looking into getting some training to help men in difficult marriage situations.  It seems that his work world was being ravaged by men who were on the brink […]

Parenting Skills from a Movie?

Snuggling with my husband on the couch last night, we were looking forward to an evening without the kids.  It had been virtually months since we had watched a good movie and  Mom’s Night Out (2014)  had been recommended by several friends.  Being several years removed from the exhaustion of small kids under foot and the […]

Are You Really Listening?

Last week I encountered a bazaar conversation that made me wonder who had trained the receptionist I was talking with on the phone.  It was really quite a simple request.  The conversation went something like this. “I’d like to make a follow-up appointment for my son on Wednesday, December 17,” I stated in a matter […]

Dare 23 – The Respect Dare for Parents of Tweens & Teens – ME or WE?

Olivia stood in disbelief at the kitchen sink watching 14 year old Emily interact with her 13 year old brother.  Typically they were pretty good friends, but something was wrong, terribly wrong.  She had seen them walk out back together as they got off the bus.  As backpacks landed on the deck, they had climbed […]

Dare 20 – The Respect Dare – How do I Respect My 20-Something?

I was absolutely elated! The phone call had finally come! “We’ve been able to move your son’s appointment up to July. Will that work?” “Absolutely! You really did get him in for July? This is great! I was beginning to doubt this would even be a possibility! Thank you.” As I started listening to the […]

Dare 17 – The Respect Dare – Behind the Scenes – For Parents of Twenty-Somethings

The phone had been silent for several days and Shannon began to worry. Silence usually meant something was going on that her daughter didn’t want her to know about. Silence meant whatever was happening was something that her daughter knew she wouldn’t approve of. Silence meant this chasm would widen, the earth would give way, […]