When this time of year comes around, there seems to be an endless run of graduations, sport championships, final exams, and award ceremonies. Our children’s performance is never more on display, and reminders of their achievement (or lack thereof) are never more present than now. … [Read more...] about Practicing (Im)Perfection With Our Kids
They say that hindsight is 20/20. Hindsight lets us see how decisions we make play out. Sometimes in life it is reasonable to do your best, not over think a thing, and take your chances. Take a job in the northwest or overseas? Vacation in the mountains or spend your summer … [Read more...] about The Pitfalls of Modern Parenting
No doubt like the rest of us you are busy preparing for the holidays by buying gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. I don’t know about you, but I find this stressful. How do I know what they would like? What if I get them something that just ends up at Goodwill or in a … [Read more...] about The Gift that Keeps on Giving
The Memories of December Recently my wife’s mother passed away. We had just celebrated her 100th birthday only three weeks earlier. It was a wonderful celebration of her life. She was content, alert, appreciative, and felt surrounded by the love of her family. All of her … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Turn Sorrow into Joy This Christmas Season
Parenting is hard, especially when we don’t really know from day to day what challenges we may be faced with. It can be easy to become reactive to situations involving our children, and these reactions often come from an emotional response that is not always helpful. Emotional … [Read more...] about Proactive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
If I had a dollar for every time someone said, "I don't believe in therapy or psychiatric medications..." I could probably retire already. For these folks, handling life on their own is a point of pride. Often the same people who say this are medicating themselves anyway, just … [Read more...] about Neglecting Your Mental Health: Are You Driving Everyone Crazy?