November 16, 2019

"I'm so tired of nagging the kids, it's so bad I've become my mother!"

How often do you find yourself hounding your kids to do the same thing over and over again? You

probably hate nagging just as much as your kids hate to hear it! 

What if you could use a different a...

November 10, 2019

As I write this there is a rainy snow falling and it is cold outside. It has my mind wandering to the upcoming holidays.

I know we're weeks away from Thanksgiving, but before you know it we'll be popping that turkey in the oven and making our lists and checking them t...

November 2, 2019

If you were to ask a room full of parents, "Which stage of parenting is the hardest?" Most would answer, "The teen years!"

Kids are fighting for independence and freedom 

while parents are trying to guide them and keep them safe. Talk about a tug-of-war!

So, what's re...

October 7, 2019

Conflict isn't easy to deal with. When a couple is parenting, they may intend to do their best, but
when things get heated they may make mistakes that carry a high price. 

One mistake in particular is pulling your child into your arguments  An example of this tactic is...

September 29, 2019

Negativity. The challenge in all relationships. 
It's so easy to get caught up in the cycle of seeing only what our partner does wrong. While it may feel good at the moment, it does nothing to resolve any of the conflicts we may be experiencing.

While working with...

July 29, 2019

Parenting is about keeping your kids safe and secure but are your efforts to "help" actually blocking your child's independence? Here's the issue: Parents are taking away the opportunity for kids to learn skills they'll need as adults!  Some par...

July 21, 2019

For many kids, back to school means higher levels of anxiety. Learn about the "silent worries" kids won't talk about and what you can do to help!

July 13, 2019

Time and again I hear these words from stepmoms. It's a common theme, but one many feel ashamed to admit out loud.  These are women who went into their new relationship fully aware there would be some challenges. After all, they were not just joining their lives w...

July 8, 2019

Becoming a stepfamily brings unique challenges. You are trying to blend kids, parenting styles and family dynamics and the odds feel stacked against you, but there is hope...

May 29, 2019

"She likes 'our' kids more than she likes my older kids." 

I'll never forget the day Bill and Sue's appointment started with that phrase. I could see the disconnect

in this couple's body language and hear the frustration in Bill's voice. Since that day I learned this is...

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