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Living Imperfectly With Great Delight

Being a therapist is so intimate. In session, some people are more honest and open with me than they are with pretty much anyone else in their lives. I get to hear the sound of their internal dialogue. You know, the inner voices that we all have which are constantly...

Dare to be Daring

“Every time I’ve stepped out of my self-imposed box, I’ve felt more alive, like I’m living the life I’m meant to live.” I’ve been a “good girl” and responsible mother. I’ve lived plenty of my life following the rules. But when I look back over my...

In case you thought I had this all figured out! 😂 

  Raising a child all the way to adulthood sure can come with unexpected twists and turns. Having been through some rough patches in raising my own kids, I’ve developed a parenting practice that I call “arms wide open” when it comes to parenting teens. During...

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

Valentine’s Day when I was 32 was my most memorable Valentine’s Day ever. I spent it pacing halls, phenomenally uncomfortable. I did a lot of waiting. My project was going well and then lagged; I was sorely disappointed. I went about it a different way, trying to...

Why are you talking?

It was later than I wanted to be awake on a weeknight and yet there I was, in the kitchen arguing. Somehow I had gotten myself sucked in and was fully engaged with an unreasonable 14 year old boy. Truth be told, I probably wasn’t about to win any awards for being very reasonable myself. I had offered to help him with his paper until 10:30. He started working on it at 10:20. I wanted to be a good mom so I stayed up, begrudgingly. It would have been better if I had kept my word and gone to bed.

Starting with the end in mind

I see so many good, loving parents who pour themselves into providing everything their child could need. Those same parents express frustration with their kids’ entitlement and lack of discipline. “Unappreciative” is a word that comes up often. I see parents who worry...