7 Simple Ways to Let Your Teenager Show Responsibility

April 15, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

Some parents find it downright liberating when their teenagers become increasingly independent. Others find it unsettling, even threatening. Parents who are used to being in control often discover that allowing their teens to experience the world on their own is terrifying. However, developmentally it is important to slowly hand over control of your teen’s life…to … Read More

What to Do When a Teacher Doesn’t Like Your Child

April 13, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

It’s no secret that certain phone calls bring anxiety. Think about getting a call from your child’s teacher. To me, that call is like a bomb that keeps exploding in your face. The phone rings (the smoke). The teacher explains that she has tried to email you (blaring fire alarm). She shares that the other … Read More

5 Things to Never Say to a Chronically Ill Parent

April 8, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just write a letter to the world expressing everything we’re too polite to say, and that could just be the end of all our awkward encounters? Well, a gal can dream, right? Yet things aren’t usually so simple in real life. Actually, things tend to get quite messy … Read More

Day-to-Day Tips to Help You Manage Your Intense Kid

April 6, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

Because I homeschool, I spend lots of time with my kids. Usually, that is a good thing. I enjoy watching them learn and creating fabulous memories with them. However, with my oldest, the family togetherness sometimes has an ugly side. Her intensity can drive us all crazy. My daughter is a wonderful kid. However, she … Read More

Palcohol: What Parents Need to Know

April 1, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

What is Palcohol? Palcohol has recently been approved by the FDA and is expected to be available for sale by some time this summer. If you are not familiar with it, Palcohol is alcohol in a powdered form. The powder will be sold in individual pouches about 4 by 6 inches in size, and the … Read More

Your Child’s Negative Emotions: A Learning Opportunity

March 30, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

As a parent, how often do you find yourself saying the following things when your child displays anger, frustration or anxiety? “Don’t be upset, it’s okay.” “You’re being silly…just stop it!” “Don’t cry, be a big boy/girl.” You want your child to feel better when they’re upset, so your intentions are in the right place. … Read More

Exercising Patience: What Gardening and Parenting Have in Common

March 23, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

Spring has arrived on the calendar, if not in my backyard in Maine.  With the longer days and slowly increasing temperatures, my thoughts often turn to for outdoor projects.  I plan out my vegetable garden, uncover my flower beds, and wait for signs of growth.

Five Subtle Changes That Can Powerfully Improve Your Relationship with Your Teen

March 18, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

I was shocked to hear my dad tell me, over a decade after I had made it out of adolescence, that both he and my mum had been afraid of me at times when I was a teenager. He said they felt helpless and powerless, often wondering what the best way to deal with me … Read More