Guiding Your Teens versus Pushing (or Shoving) Them

Have you ever known parents who push their teens to the point of stress and detriment? Of course, sometimes teens do need a little nudge in the right direction to keep them on course. And, depending on the teen and his or her tendencies, some may need more than a nudge. That doesn’t mean they […]

Don’t Settle for Just Surviving Those Teen Years

Keeping the Adventure Alive!

I have a special friend (you know who you are) whose son is turning 13 in about a month. This post is for you, and anyone else who might need encouragement, anyone who is hanging by fingertips on the leading edge of those teen years, waiting for that dreaded shoe to drop. You know what I’m […]

Let’s Stop Slapping Negative Labels On Our Teens!

A reminder that it's better to be kind than to be 'right'

“You’re just worthless!” or “Why are you so ungrateful after everything I’ve done for you?” Does either of these statements sound familiar? We may have heard them said to some kids, or maybe they were said to some of us, or, heaven forbid, you might have said them in a moment of weakness. This is […]