"How can I have an underlying sense of calm even when everything is so chaotic? Thanks, Kathy M. "
This question was recently submitted by a reader. I'm so excited to share the answer with you today!
Being a parent means having "to-do" lists, Whether written out or in our heads, the checklists are always there. In fact, some of us even have lists of our lists to keep track of everything! (If that's you, there is no judgment here...I'm actually wishing I was that organized
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 a couple who is in the middle of a divorce, I noticed most of their focus was on what is wrong with the other person. "Dean never does ...", "Sarah can't do..." On and on it went.
They said they wanted to co-paren
The holidays typically include visits with extended family members, which most teens will tell you they dread. While you may be looking forward to seeing your siblings, parents or in-laws there is a strong probability your teens are not as excited about the visit. They would much rather be hanging with friends or playing video games. You know, doing teen things, not hanging out with older people. If you find this frustrating, think about it from your teen's point of view. The
"My stepdaughter looked right at me and lied!"
Let's just put this out there...Most kids have gone through a phase of telling lies. As a parent you might panic, but hang tight and keep reading for strategies on dealing with this!
The first question most parents have when this happens is "Why would she lie?" We talk to our kids about the importance of being honest. We remind them that we want to be able to trust them, we even give them multiple chances to tell the truth,
A new year brings with it the feeling of a fresh start and new opportunities. While many of us make promises to eat healthy and exercise, we rarely make resolutions as a family. This year I am suggesting 6 easy family resolutions that will jump start your family into a great year! Make time for fun Many of us are over-scheduled and get lost in the abyss of screen time. Even when we’re together in the same room, how often do we interact?
This year make a point of scheduling
"My child is struggling and I"m exhausted." "My spouse is disconnected from the family." "I feel like I'm not doing enough, but I don't know what else to try." Being the parent of a child with special needs is challenging. In fact, it can bring unexpected stresses with spouses, siblings and even within your own belief in your parenting abilities. You try your best to be kind, patient and loving but there are days when you're so tired of the struggles that you just want to qui
School has ended and the kids have dumped boxes and backpacks full of school items at our front door. Does your family shove the mess into a closet and ignore it until August? You're not alone! Every year we go through this, and every year I plan on being more proactive about it so...here goes! While organizing this mess isn't as much fun as a trip to the zoo, here's a few quick tips that will help you save your sanity now and some money in August. 1. Sort Have the kids empt