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 […]

Setting Boundaries with Family Around the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. That most wonderful time of year when you cram everything in your vehicle, tell your kids to stop touching each other 1000 times while refereeing who picks the music to spend a few, sensory-overloaded days with your family, sleeping on lumpy pull-out sofas or getting bounced off the airbed when your partner […]

Having ‘The Talk” With Your Teen

There were two, three-letter words that were off limits in our home. Well, more of a silent agreement than an explicit directive. God and sex. We went to church on Sundays, we just didn’t talk about God any other day. Based on results, there was sex at least twice (Exhibit A and B – my […]

I caught my boyfriend cheating on me

It was my first serious relationship at 15 in 10th grade with a boy I met a few years prior through my sister. Laughter and was our thing. We laughed until we couldn’t breathe about silly things and I was intoxicated; feeling accepted, loved and free to talk about anything and everything. Sure, we partied […]

This is all YOUR fault!

Have you heard this? “I hate you!” “If you loved me this wouldn’t happen!” When your teenager lashes out because all their problems and pain are your fault and now you’ve ruined their life, it’s heartbreaking. Ouch. It’s like stabbing a knife in your heart, twisting it around, ripping it out, and then driving over […]

I’m Worried My Teen is Anti-Social

Are you wondering what you did wrong? You’re asking all the right questions but you barely get one word answers, and your teen just wants to be alone in their room all the time. It’s hard not to take it personally after a while. Even though your child was reserved when they were young, at […]

My Teen’s Angry Outbursts Are Getting Scary

You know that feeling when something’s off, has crossed a line and needs attention? Or maybe it’s yelling in your face while towering over you and feel like you stepped into a Marvel movie in Dr. Banner’s lab. You have rough days and get frustrated too so you don’t expect your teen to be perfect. […]

You Missed a Spot

Are you good at gratitude? I don’t mean the #gratitude posts on your social streams, memes and gifs on your stories or quick thank you’s in passing while doing a million other things. I mean the deep breath in stillness, heartfelt, eyes closed or eye contact gratitude you feel in your body. When your life […]

4 Tips for Coping with Conflict Without Losing Your Sh$t

You’ve just had a few good days or weeks with your teen and you’re enjoying the ease and calm in your relationship and your house. Regardless of how you got here (the moon cycle, magical fairy dust, unicorn farts, whatever!) you’re invested in keeping the peace as long as possible. The last thing you want […]