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4 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College
Accountability & Responsibility

It’s finally happening. The moment most parents both dread and look forward to. Their kid is moving out of the house for the first time and heading off to college. You have high hopes for their future (or maybe you don’t). Empty nest syndrome is a powerful thing. Did you raise them well enough? Are... Read more »

Help for the Holidays: When Extended Families Come Together
Coaching Blog

Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and to celebrate. At its best, this time of year offers wonderful memories, time together and treasured traditions. For many of us, however, the holidays can bring up a lot of stress and conflict. Are you worried about your child’s behavior over the holidays? Do... Read more »

3 Practical Tips for Parents Living with an Adult Child
Coaching Blog

Do you have an adult child living at home with you?  If so, you are not alone. A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows that living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. There are many factors that can lead to this — changes in... Read more »

Trouble at School? How Parents Can Respond
Coaching Blog

School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast. You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you get angry or frustrated. How can you effectively respond to trouble at school? Now that we’re through... Read more »

Improve Your Parenting Patience with These 3 Easy Reminders
Coaching Blog

Your 3-year-old is grouchy and dragging his feet. Your 6-year-old is upset that her favorite shirt is in the wash and now she “has nothing to wear.” You can’t find your keys. And to top it all off, your son knocks over your cup of coffee and now you need to change your shirt. You’re... Read more »

It’s Tough to Let Go: Raising Children to be Independent
Motherhood / Fatherhood

I knew having a teenager would be hard, no matter how wonderful a child my wife and I raised. And, I was right. Riley, who is now seventeen, has immersed herself in her social circle. She has tried to set herself apart from her mom and me by discovering her own identity, which may include... Read more »

3 Tips for New School Year Complaints
School & Homework

“But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well, maybe not quite a thousand, but it sure felt like it! It was so hard to know how to respond. How could I reassure her that things will be okay, without... Read more »

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School
Coaching Blog

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule.” “My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being ‘nothing... Read more »

Unmotivated Child? 6 Ways to Get Your Child Going
Laziness & Motivation

Why is it so hard to motivate kids? As parents, we often have a funny, inaccurate belief that our children won’t care unless we twist their arms. But the simple truth is that your attempts to motivate your child are probably working against you. There’s something wrong with the picture if you care more about... Read more »

5 Back-To-School Tips for Your ADD or ADHD Child
School & Homework

The start of a new school year will be here before we know it—and for some ADD/ADHD kids and their parents, this time is often associated with added anxiety and stress. For children and teens with ADD or ADHD, summer can be a much–needed and most–appreciated break, with many taking a “drug holiday” from their... Read more »

“My Kid Won’t Get Out of Bed” Stop the Morning Madness Now
Parenting Strategies/Techniques

The alarm goes off and the morning battle begins: you knock on your child’s bedroom door to wake him, but you have to go back time and again to make sure he’s actually up, your voice rising with each “wake-up call.” As the minutes tick by and he still hasn’t gotten out of bed, you... Read more »

“I Don’t Want to Go to School!” And What You Can Do About It
School & Homework

Nearly every morning before school, Josh, 9, will scream, cry and do anything possible to stay home. “He’ll whine on and on, ‘I don’t feel well. I hate my teacher. School is boring,” say his parents, Suzanne and Rob, who report that they have hit the wall with his behavior. “He used to like school,”... Read more »