Tweens & Teens
How Your Parenting Style Affects Your Kids
Is there a parent alive that hasn’t wondered if they are screwing up their children in one way or another?
As parents, we all do a mental battle with ourselves, “If I am too strict, they won’t feel loved, if I am too lenient, they'll walk all over me.” What to do? What to do?
When it comes to disciplining your tween or teen, the real question is: Are you willing to suffer short-term pain for long-term gain?
In other words, do you give in simply for the peace and convenience of the moment, …
Are you part of the 18.1%?
Is this your story?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. That’s 18.1% of the population every year! In my professional experience, I would wager that number is much higher. Are you part of that 18.1%? What about some of the other mental health struggles I list and explain below?
Unfortunately, many people do not reach out for help due to fear of stigma, a dislike of prescriptions medications, di…
The "Perfect" Mom: Turning intimidation into inspiration.
Calling All Super Moms!
If you’re a wife and a mom, I think it’s hard to read about the woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 without feeling like you come up short. Not only does she sound like she does it all, but she sounds like she’s got it all together. How annoying. At least, that’s honestly how I feel, especially on a day where just getting the kids fed and out of the house on time feels like I’m trying to squeeze water out of a rock. “What’s that in your hair?”, you ask. “That would be the baby…
What To Do When Anger Gets The Best Of You
You know those days when it all just works out? Your children are happy, clean, fed, well behaved, they know that you love them, and everything is peaceful?
I'll wait until you stop laughing.
Well shocker, today was not that day.
Today my kids woke up on the wrong side of the bed and they let me know all about it. Tween #1 refused to eat breakfast and Tween #2 took an hour to make and eat breakfast. I ate nothing because by 10 am I already had a migraine. We homeschool so we have more…
Summer Screen Time Wars
Well, it's summer, moms and dads...um, yay?
I hope you enjoyed your full two seconds of rest because here it comes. You guessed it... The epic quest to battle to defeat (or at least survive) taking on the blue screen monster that attempts to take over our kids faces ALL SUMMER LONG.
(Stay out of this, Kid Rock, no one is talking to you.)
If you are even remotely attempting to limit you kids' screen time, or say ask them to come up for air long enough to do something crazy like eat or shower…
Body Shaming Bullies
I grew up in Michigan, which is basically the frozen tundra.
Seriously, we watched football outdoors in shorts when it walk is the 50's. Ooooh, balmy.
I did my first undergrad in Manhattan. Neither of these places uses the words "bikini ready" very often.
...then I moved to South Florida. The land of perpetual bikini readiness. Groan.
For awhile it didn't phase me. It's possible that I was just young, in good shape, and did not have the perspective that giving birth to two babies and subs…
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