Sitting in the counselor’s office with her husband, Renee wondered how they had gotten to the place where they were. Their 13 year old son was filled with anger and resentment and it seemed hopeless that things would change. “Maybe the counselor can give us answers,” she had whispered hopefully to Jason as they were […]
I wish I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard my kids say “It’s all YOUR fault!” Whether the words are directed at me or someone else doesn’t matter. The truth is, I’d have quite a stack of coins.
As a parent I have been known to take detours that lead me down a path that is in desperate need of repair. You know the ones I’m talking about. Maybe there is a rule in your home where you’ve outlined a consequence, and just once you forgot to enforce it. What happens? The whining […]
Tony was notorious for wanting to stay up later than his bedtime allowed. At 12, he started a full-court press on Jennifer trying to get her to change his bedtime complaining that he was being treated like a little kid. “Mom, you just don’t get it! Other kids my age don’t even have a […]
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 […]