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 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 Teenager Won’t Stop Lying

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 than damaging it further. I used to lie too! Your teenager isn’t broken, and they’re not a bad […]

Teenagers and Free Time

Your blood starts to boil and smoke comes out your ears thinking about all the things you managed to get done in a day, many of those for your darling teenager who’s apparently oblivious to it. Some days you lose it, yelling to feel heard and respected for the few things you’re asking for, as […]

How To Motivate Your Teen

Learning how to motivate a teenager requires understanding how motivation develops and how the teen brain operates… Motivation Is An Inside Job One of the most important lessons a parent can learn is you cannot externally motivate your teenager. Not only will your efforts create more resentment and disappointment, it’ll leave your teen ill-equipped for […]

4 Tips to Lower Anxiety

4 tips to lower anxiety

Your teen is trying yet they’re already feeling anxious, and your stress level is rising remembering how hard last year was, and maybe the year before too. The arguing, yelling, nagging, reminding – trying to understand why your teen isn’t completing their homework, handing in assignments, or refusing to attend classes. Is it really that […]