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If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there

This kid that made me want to pull my hair out is now the grown-up kid who makes my heart sing. Sometimes the most challenging kids to raise turn out to be incredible adults. If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there. Don’t give up. They’re worth it.

Can you really force your child to behave?

Forcing your child to behave may seem like the best approach now, but what happens when you develop a pattern of needing your child to behave for you to be calm? You then give your child tremendous power. They now have a bit of control over your emotions.

Ugh…I just need a break!

Do you want to guess how many unused spa gift certificates I have laying around somewhere? Most days, it’s just unrealistic to slip away for a half-day or more. But, hey, I’d be happy to go to the bathroom uninterrupted.

Don’t Make This Mistake

Do you ever find yourself trying to hide what’s presumptively “wrong” with your kids or your families? If so, Oh Honey, believe me when I say…you’re not alone. Perhaps you have a screaming, whining, demanding four-year-old.  It’s so common for parents to go...

I’ve gotta confess…

Have you ever been annoyed with the younger version of yourself who made life decisions early on that are now a pain to live with?  Our younger selves have such a huge impact on our education, our geographies, our career paths, our partners, how we’re willing to...

Please take good care of my boy

We parents all want our kids, when they’re teens, to be able to come to us with their struggles, don’t we? And we want to feel close when they’re adults? If so, then much of parenting is about preparing kids for their adolescence. If they learn when they’re little...