My teen doesn’t respect my boundaries or care about consequences

One of the biggest frustrations I hear from parents is, “my teen doesn’t respect my boundaries”, or “I tried setting boundaries, but it didn’t work”. That frustration leads to the next one – “I tried setting consequences, but my teen keeps (fill in the blank)”, “my teen doesn’t care about consequences so now what do […]

What if parenting wasn’t so isolating and lonely?

How many times have you held back the truth of your parenting struggles because of fear of judgement or criticism? Do you have a selective few who know ‘the truth’ and the rest just get lip service so they don’t ask more questions? I was afraid too. I was the only one of my girlfriends […]

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. […]

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. First things first: Take care of yourself […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

3 Ways To Build Influence With Your Teen

Why won’t your teen listen to you? They’re walking down a scary path and as a parent you have the perspective to see it’s not going to end well. You’ve tried talked to them and sending them the research to back up your points but it’s all falling on deaf ears. Not only that, but […]