Posts in Parenting Today
How we contributed to the collapse of parenting

Would you like to know why the way we are parenting today is so different than the way we were parented? Here is my review of Leonard Sax, MD, PhD’s book The Collapse of Parenting: How we hurt our kids when we treat them like grown ups. In addition I share several actionable steps to change things for the better in your home and family life today!

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The best way to deal with your adolescent...detach from the outcome.

Two decades ago I would have told you all I wanted for my kids was that they grow up to be "happy." The most important lesson I've learned along their raising is that the path I think they should be on may not be their destiny. And what a gift it is to witness their journey!

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What happens when you stop drinking the Kool-Aid?

What are your family's goals, dreams, and values?  Do you know what you are sacrificing in order to feel "successful?" A recent morning run caused me to observe that today's families are foregoing their greatest asset...the ability to connect, to work together, to operate as a team. Let me introduce you to a family who has shunned what most of us subscribe to every day in the name of giving their family a truly unforgettable experience, learn about Sailing Zatara.

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Why YOU are the greatest asset to a brighter future mom!

As she looks across the table at me, it's easy to see the raw pain in her eyes.  The wonder in how she got here.  I'd seen it untold times before...hell, I'd witnessed it in myself on many an occasion.  Her tears flowed from a space deep within as she shared the story of feeling unworthy and undeserving of the beautiful [on the outside] life she lives.  Her fairy tale mask covers a self-loathing game she plays with herself every. single. day.  It's EXHAUSTING.

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How to stop performing as mom and deeply enjoy being happy...

What is it costing you to neglect yourself and continue to perform mom?  For me it meant a diagnosis of viral meningitis and a hospital stay.  Are you ready to shift from anxiety, frustration and (sometimes) overwhelm into BEING a mom who is patient, confident, and filled with joy?  Then I've got an event for you!

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My sure fire recipe to get teens to take off in the world!

Before we knew it freshman year in college was over and Brigham was off to Dublin, Ireland to study abroad! But how did we get here?!  It began with creating a partnership with him in middle school then, even more progressively we allowed him to choose (with parameters) during high school. But what's the KEY ingredient to raising kids that "take off?" Read this to find out...

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Be grateful for the struggle with your teen

Dad gets a call from the police that his teen daughter has been caught drinking at the home of a friend.  Dad's biggest feeling is embarrassment.  Our children turn into adults with their own thoughts, feelings, experiences...it's how we handle it that helps us grow.

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With parenting there is no "Easy" button.

There is no easy button to parenting adolescents today.  If the relationship you have with your child is in a bad place it's going to take some time and effort to change things...and you can only work on your part in the relationship.  But, it's an awesome place to start! YOU are in the drivers seat to a happier, healthier relationship with your teen!

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