How did you do you on your test today?

Did you ask your teen about school or assignments today? I know you want your teen to have every opportunity to pursue their passions and dreams which means supporting them to fulfill their amazing potential. So it makes sense to have daily check-ins about attendance, homework and assignments, right? Who is this really about? Your […]

How do I set boundaries when my teen starts dating?

When you were your child’s world it was exhausting, but so much simpler. Then they made friends and it was scary, but easier to protect them. Now your teen is ready for dating and you are most DEFINITELY NOT! *imagination turns to panic*…. No, no, no, no! How do you keep them safe?! As a […]

Do NOT do this tomorrow

How was your Christmas holiday? I hope you and your family had some moments of joy, laughter, calm and connection as we say good-bye to 2022 and welcome 2023. It’s less common now for all four of us to be in the same house so we enjoyed our twelve days together. Hearing the boys joke […]

How to parent the overachiever or perfectionist teen

It’s a ‘be careful what you wish for thing’. From the outside, your teen looks like a dream, and you seem the perfect parent because they do what you ask and more without the constant nagging and reminding. They get good grades, teachers rave about them, other parents wish they had them and they likely […]

Understanding Your Teen’s ADHD Diagnosis

According to my records, I’ve written 129 weekly newsletters since August of 2020. That might not mean much so let me explain this as if I were your teen and these newsletters are my homework. It’s 8pm and I’m just starting even though I know it’s due every week by 3am Tuesday. Why did I […]

My teenager left home and won’t come back

I acknowledge the level of heartbreak, despair, fear, and frustration you may be feeling. All your feelings are normal and ok, although challenging and uncomfortable. There’s no quick fix for this HARD situation. However, I can offer a few tools and strategies to help you start moving forward.

How long should I ground my teenager?

“That’s it, you’re grounded!” An all too familiar phrase, right? Your teen has crossed the line AGAIN, and you think you’re going to lose your mind. Before you can stop, you find yourself saying the same words you grew up hearing. But it wouldn’t be complete without adding, “Go to your room and don’t come […]

How to raise an extrovert

Click here for a FREE assessment that you and your teen can take and compare notes on your results. Understanding your teen and their personality on a deeper level can remove judgement and create more understanding and compassion in your relationship. Here’s an overview of how extroverts operate and the best ways to support them […]

My teenager is giving me the silent treatment

It’s frustrating, even infuriating, when your teen refuses to talk to you. Whether it’s a temporary power move or your teen choosing to go no-contact, disconnection from your child can feel like cutting your heart out and putting it through a blender. Your feelings are real and valid. You’re allowed to feel the sadness, the […]

My Teen is Hurting and I Don’t Know How to Help

“You better not do that or your mother is going to be very upset!” “If your dad comes home and finds out what you did, he’s going to give you a spanking!” “If you were more repsectful, your grandparents wouldn’t have had to send you back home.” If these sound familiar, you were likely raised […]