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Choosing: The Superpower of Choice

Did you welcome the advice you received when you were a teenager?  Or, did you choose to bristle at the advisor's good intentions? Perhaps, you still bristle?The resentment that sage advice (i.e., from us parents) generates in our tween/teenagers is perfectly normal (and irritating). This is a conflicted period in ...

Listen To What Your Body Is Telling You

"Do you have a bodily sign that signals you are needing a break or you are on the edge of stress?" This question was posed on social media recently. As I read the responses below, I was struck by the repetition of the symptoms (some of which I’ve experienced myself ...
Parenting Strategies -Support Team

The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of GoFundMe

My husband needs to have two discs replaced, so of course he needs the one operation our health insurance doesn’t cover. Oh well. That means we’ll end up with a huge medical bill, and have to use vacation money for the next few years to pay it off. It turns ...
Parent Coaching and Group coaching

We’ll Figure Something Out

(Based on a true story.) Monday Phone Call: Darling Daughter: Mom, I wanted to talk to you about something. You got a minute? Marvelous Mom: For you? Always. Let me to stop supper from burning. Darling Daughter: I just want to make sure that you and Daddy were aware that ...

How To Get Out Of A Rut

Want to get out of a rut? Stuck in a negative pattern because you follow the same negative behavior? Do the same negative reactions make your body produce the same corresponding chemicals, and the resulting negative emotions that follow? The only way to stop a pattern is to interrupt it ...

Addiction to Drama

Teenage girl. Does that make you think of drama? Angst? Moodiness? Emotional Rollercoaster? Wouldn’t it be great if our girls could just be happy all the time? It turns out that one of the biggest blocks to your daughter’s happy state is her Addiction to Drama. Believe it or not, ...
Tired Teens

Stuff In A Pot

Daughter: “What’s for supper, Mom?” Me: “Stuff In A Pot!” Daughter: “Oooh, that’s my favorite! You’re the best, Mom!” Yes, you, too, can generate that kind of enthusiasm over your culinary disinterest. Stuff In A Pot is my favorite go-to, clean-out-the-fridge, weekend meal. Growing up, there was always a pot ...

I Appreciate You

My inbox is loaded with so many messages with the word “Thankful” in the subject line that I mentally brush them off. I get that it’s important to jump on the bandwagon during the season of buying, but it gets a little redundant. That’s why I took note of an ...

Forget Big Brother… The Cherub Is Watching

Forget Big Brother… The Cherub Is WatchingZZZING! Somewhere in the bowels of my purse, my silenced phone vibrated. I stopped my shopping cart to see who it was. Cherub Text: Remember we were going to talk this morning? ? Oops. I tucked the phone back into the bag, grabbed something ...
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