Secrets You AND Your Teen Need Before Heading to University

  Next Monday, I’ll be driving 18 hours over 2 days, deep into the Canadian prairies, taking our son to university for the first time. We’ve made the lists and bought the stuff (seriously, not sure how the 3 of us and his stuff are going to fit in our vehicle) to get him settled […]

12 Tips for Back to School Success

  After the dumpster fire of a pandemic school year and perhaps summer school, the LAST thing you want to think about is starting again 😩 Plugging ears and covering your eyes won’t help either. What if you had simple tips you AND your teen could use to lower stress and frustration and build trust, […]

Navigating Teenage Substance Use

  This is new territory for our generation of parents. You might have had access to some things as a teen and even tried a few, but it was on the down low and away from your parents. Do you remember seeing this ad on every channel all day? I’m guessing your teenager hasn’t seen […]

I just caught my teen (fill in the blank)

  This is a tough one. You just caught your teen in a less than desirable situation. There’s a moment of shock and disbelief that takes your breath away. It’s painful, with a side of rage inducing anger. It doesn’t matter what ‘it’ was. The emotional process is the same and your relationship with your […]

Teens + Social Media + The Internet 😳

  There’s few bigger parenting nightmares or Pandora’s boxes than the smartphone. It’s the gateway to all evil, right?! Just because you didn’t grow up with it doesn’t make it wrong. Your fear, however well founded, is not your teenager’s fault. Let’s not forget which generation invented the smartphone and many of the ‘evil’ apps […]

My Teen Is Up All Night and Sleeps All Day 😤

It’s summer and you’re excited about the warmer weather, this pandemic winding down and enjoying some vacation time with a cold bevy and your feet up in a lounge chair. However, the thought of 8 weeks of nagging your teen to get up and out of their room, off their phones/gaming, complete chores, be productive […]

10 Strategies for Conquering Summer School

As if this past school year wasn’t enough, now you’re dealing with summer school. UGH! In spite of your best efforts to get your teen up, completing and handing in assignments, they failed a course (or two). It’s like they got lazy, gave up and stopped trying. This WILL NOT happen again! You’ve laid down […]

6 Tips to Survive Your Summer Vacation with Your Teen

  You’ve worked hard for this vacation and are so looking forward to some time away from the stress and monotony of your regular routine. Especially after more than a year of many and ever-changing pandemic restrictions. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same enthusiasm as you do. Your teen is grumpy because they’d rather do […]

I’ve Never Felt So Alone

  Over and over I heard from parents in last week’s LIVE Challenge – 5 Days to a Better Relationship with Your Teen how alone they felt, not sharing their greatest challenges with anyone. Parenting isn’t meant to be a solo journey, yet it can be one of the most isolating experiences in our adult […]

Failure to Launch

Is your teen failing to launch? All your teen does is hide in their room on their phones, listen to music, or play video games day, after day, after day. You’re worried if you don’t interrupt their GPS before it hits the destination, they’re going to live in a van down by the river or […]