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 […]

5 Steps to calm your explosive teen

It doesn’t matter what you do, they’re flying off the handle – yelling, physically violent, and once that happens, there’s no calming them down. You’ve tried supporting them, you’ve tried shutting them down, you’ve even tried punishing, yet nothing is working. Now you’re afraid to go out because the public or familial consequences of having […]

My teen is avoiding filling out college applications no matter what I do!

Asking, hinting, nagging, miming, none it’s working to get your teen to fill out their college applications. You’ve offered to help, you’ve left the applications with your fav pen on the table and lectured your teen about the importance of meeting these deadlines but nothing is working to motivate them to complete this critical step. […]

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 Teenager Won’t Stop Lying

Your teenager keeps lying, and no matter what discipline or consequences you try, they refuse to fess up. After everything you’ve done for your teen—everything you’ve sacrificed—this is how they treat you? Here’s some insight and strategies to help you approach this very hurtful and difficult situation in a way that strengthens your relationship rather […]