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 […]

The #1 belief ruining your relationship with your teen

Remember the days when your child asked what you thought and valued your input in their life? Remember when they would do what you asked, even begrudgingly, but they did it almost when and how you wanted? Remember when you felt safe with a sense of control and influence over another human that validated your […]

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.