Who’s Controlling Your Family?

Maybe It's Time for a Conversation

Coming home from a 6:00 am men’s group at our church, my husband put his book on the kitchen counter. “Wow! This morning really made me think about how I grew up and the impact moms have on their kid’s lives. They played a video of a Mom’s letter to her son and I felt […]

Do You Believe the Lie?

Several years ago I was cornered as we walked into church on Sunday morning.  I watched another mom reach out to my junior high son just steps ahead of me. “Not so fast,” she said loud enough for me to hear.”We need to talk with your mom.” Not even allowing him to speak, she ushered […]

2 Things to Consider in Trying to Resolve Conflict

Emotion or Logic?

Let’s face it, there are always times when we will struggle with our relationship with our tweens and teens.  Attitudes of defiance or simply overlooking our simple requests can drive us up a wall.

Open Letter to the Parents of Brock Turner

Brock Turner, Stanford University’s scholarship swimmer who had dreams of competing in the US Olympics and becoming an orthopedic surgeon, now has three convictions for sexual assault.  At the age of 20, he is listed as a sex offender.  His swimming career will come to an end as he has been banned from USA swimming […]

How Often Do You Crash and Burn?

“Oh, my” I thought.  “I should have seen this coming!” Ready to sit down at the dinner table, I thought I could stuff the frustration and emotion I was feeling.  The now I was in was difficult to endure, but I knew that if I just kept smiling, I’d get through it.  After all, that’s what Moms […]

Parenting with a Team Mentality

Sitting at the table dressed in formal attire taking in all the sights, sounds, and feelings of our son’s wedding reception, I heard my husband’s words to our new daughter-in-law as he proposed a toast.  “Lori, welcome to team Hitchcock!”