Are you willing to be "that" parent?

Do you worry about doing a "good job" raising your kids? Do you struggle with "how" to accomplish this goal? Does it keep you up at night? If so, keep reading! I recently participated as a guest speaker for a panel discussion about raising teens. Concerns

from parents ranged from drug use to social media's influence. There was a central theme underlying all of their questions: "How do I do this parenting thing right?" We had various experts, from a pediatrician to school counselors all sharing great ideas from their perspective. I have to be honest, I had one phrase that kept popping into my head as each question was answered. As a parenting coach my advice was fairly straightforward: "Be that parent." You know the one who...

  • Says "No."

  • Sets a curfew

  • Expects respectful behavior both in the home and elsewhere

  • Helps our children set goals for themselves

  • Calls other parents to make sure there will be parental supervision

  • Sticks to the consequences they have set

  • Isn't afraid of our kids being mad at us

  • Acts as the parent not our child's best friend

Kids need guidelines!

In my coaching practice, I've worked with parents who started out being their child's friend and have come to me for help in dealing with unruly teens who refuse to listen. Remember, our kids need us to be the leader in the family, someone to set expectations, keep them going in the right direction and redirect misbehavior. Our kids may not like it, they'll even