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 […]

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 […]

The #1 Question Parents Ask Me

2021 was filled with false hope, moving targets and more unknowns that created unprecedented mental health struggles, pushing both adults and teens to the brink. From online schooling to lack of athletic pursuits and social connection, teens felt isolated, lost, and anxious.  “How can I motivate my teenager? They don’t care about anything.”  That’s the […]

You Don’t Understand

This seems simple, but it’s not.  Sure, you were a teen so it’s not unfamiliar territory – the relationship drama of who said what to whom, the mean teacher who gives too much homework and doesn’t care if you had a rough day and having to be ‘social media perfect’ every moment to avoid judgement […]