Healthy relationships, Parenting

Five Ways to Stay Connected to Your Tween or Teen

Despite their increased desire for independence and privacy, tweens and teens need their parents support as much as ever. But how can parents stay connected between all of the eye rolls, closed doors and one word answers?

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Introvert or Extrovert: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Nature

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? What about your child? Knowing your natural tendencies and those of your family will help you better understand and support your loved ones.

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Simple Ways to Cultivate a Respectful Home (and World)

Urban Dictionary defines RESPECT as “Treating others in a dignified manner.” This definition does not conjure up images of my childhood. Like many, I grew up in a home filled with name calling, fighting, blaming and other forms of disrespect...

Healthy relationships, Inspirations, Parenting

Dear Parent, Your job is not to be perfect.

Okay, I have to admit that I’m writing this mostly for me. But I’m guessing that I’m not alone on this one. As a recovering perfectionist, I find that often the hardest person for me to forgive is myself. Anyone else ever experience this?..

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Validation – Key to Connecting with Your Kids

Can you remember a time when you were struggling and someone really listened to you? Maybe they said, “That’s so hard” instead of giving you advice. Or maybe they shared a time when they felt the same way? They validated your experience, making you feel less alone...

Books, Inspirations, Parenting

A Mantra for Tweens and Teens: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Imagine being a tween or teenager today. You easily see how many social media followers, friends and post likes you have compared to others. You scroll your feed and see your friends enjoying a party you weren’t invited to. Every day you’re bombarded with selfies and images that are edited to perfection. It takes Herculean inner-strength not to constantly compare yourself to others!

Healthy relationships, Parenting

Screen Time: Time for a Family (and National) Conversation?

Last night, my family watched ABC’s Special News Report “Screen Time” by Diane Sawyer. It features families struggling to find balance in their homes alongside experts and research findings on the impact of screen time. This is the first generation of kids to be raised with devices, leaving many parents feeling overwhelmed.  The show prompted open, honest conversation with my kids about technology and our habits. I highly recommend watching the program with your family. The content is appropriate for elementary-aged children all the way up to teens. Commercial breaks provide a great time for conversation.