Lately, I’ve been hearing from my adolescent clients that they are afraid to grow up and that ‘adulting’ scares them. I didn’t make much of it at first. It’s pretty common that the closer kids get to adulthood, the scarier it becomes to leave the carefree world of childhood … [Read more...] about Neverland – Why Kids Are Afraid to Grow Up
These are definitely unusual times. As I watch one kid playing outside (by himself) and the other trying to figure out home-schooling, I’m trying to remember what ‘normal’ looks like; and when we might get back there again. Like how many felt after the realities of 9/11 sank in, … [Read more...] about Keeping Our Kids From Corona-Crazy
There’s way too much shouting going on at my house, well there used to be. Living in the cacophony of me yelling at my kids, them yelling at me, them yelling at each other, and even the dog jumping in to the mix, I came to the realization that something had to change. Home is … [Read more...] about Enough Already! Lowering the Decibels in Your Home
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my upcoming empty nest. This is laughable because it’s four years away. You read that right, I’m preparing for something that’s four years away. You might wonder why fret over something so distant; however, the idea of my boys moving … [Read more...] about Feathering My (Not Quite) Empty Nest
Many of the couples who ask me to meet with them have been married 10, 15 or even 25+ years. Their kids are out of the house, and the “empty nester” years that they so anticipated are now here. But it not what they expected. With kids, homework, careers, finances, the yard, … [Read more...] about Is the “High Point” of My Marriage Already Over?
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