Being a parent is no easy gig. We spend the early years looking for some peace and quiet, and the latter years missing the noise. When the teen years hit we have to adjust from being the one that hung the moon to the one that’s suddenly ignored. It’s normal for kids to pull away … [Read more...] about How to (Not) Alienate Your Child in 4 Easy Steps
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
We’ve all heard about the story of the prodigal son. Jesus shared this story about a wayward child who blew his inheritance, lived recklessly, and once defeated returned back home to his father who readily forgave and embraced him. It was a parable meant to show God’s unrelenting … [Read more...] about When Your Child Doesn’t Share Your Faith
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 just got back from summer vacation with our kids. I’ve written about them before, they’re boys aged 14 and 11 years. We’re currently in the throw of raising a teenager, and all the joys that go along with adolescence and ‘coming of age’. Although we had a great time, I was … [Read more...] about Where Did My Sweet Kid Go?