The secret to taming your teen’s rude, back talk
Has puberty stolen your sweet child and exchanged them for a rude, back talking and defiant stranger? I mean, since when is that ok?! You’re not alone. Caring parents share this concern with me every day. I know you just want some easy, open conversations like your friendly child used to have with you. The […]
When your teen isn’t living up to their potential
Your teen needs you to read this… every word. I was fortunate to be the ‘smart kid’ in school and in Grade 1 I was asked to skip ahead. My parents decided against that to keep me with peers my own age (my dad skipped 3 grades and it has pros and cons). Instead, I […]
6 Things your teen wants (and needs) from you
You know the teen years are fraught with insecurity and uncertainty so you’re consciously giving your teen space while staying positive and kind. Maybe you’re even bending over backwards to love on them without coddling, but it’s like you’re on two different wave lengths and they don’t see or feel your efforts, or they don’t […]
Motivation was never the problem
I’m getting on my soapbox… I was the student that went from award winning and seemingly having it all together with straight A’s, to F’S and almost failing out. I stopped doing homework, I stopped showing up to class, I just plain quit. Although it appeared to be defiance, there was so much more below […]
You’re not wearing THAT!
This is a heated conversation and the only in my free parenting community on Facebook I’ve ever removed comments from or sent warnings to people about. Parents of young girls are struggling with this far more often trying to protect their teen, their humility,and our perception of what girls wear relative to what that says […]
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 […]