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A Teenage Storm Today Makes Way for a Sunny Tomorrow

There are many versions of a “Teenage Storm” – surly, annoyed, resentful, hurtful – perhaps it includes silence or is filled with an angry outburst claiming that you don’t understand. It could be your teen manipulating your emotions in the storm – looking for an...

Do You Think These Parents Should Feel Guilty?

Do you think the following parents ought to feel guilty for their actions? Parent A: I said to my teenage daughter, “I wash clothes that are placed in the hamper.” They’ve been lying in a heap in her room…so she doesn’t have anything else to...

“I Want What’s On TV!”

 My 4-year-old son wants everything he sees on TV so the other day when he said “Mom, I want that!”  I used my “brain dead skills” and replied, “I know.”   He finally stopped asking after 4-5 times of me saying “I know.” Then Daddy came home from work and my son...

How Enforceable Statements Work for Picking Up Toys!

I needed my 2.5 yr old daughter to pick up her toys. She ignored me so I said “I only read stories to girls who pick up their toys.” She still didn’t do it and got distracted putting on dress up gloves. I thought I’d give her another opportunity and said “I have...