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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 »
When we hear from parents about the issue of lying, we often hear them say:
“I don’t know what I feel worse about…her sneaking out or her lying to me about it!”
When you catch your child or teen in a lie, it is common to experience a flood of emotions. Lying hurts and it is okay... Read more »
As you push your cart through the store you hear a wail from the next aisle. The cry starts low and rises sharply, followed by,
“I need it! But I NEED IT!!!”
You turn into the aisle and see a mom trying to get her 6-year-old to stop shouting. His cries are getting louder and louder. This... Read more »
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 you... Read more »
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 the... Read more »
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 the back-to-school season,... Read more »
There’s no getting around it...giving consequences and setting limits makes you uncomfortable.
You don’t like to be seen as “the bad guy.” Besides, your partner is a much better disciplinarian - they have no problem enforcing the rules, and the kids actually listen to them.
It all works out, right?
Not always - if you consistently wait for... Read more »
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 trying... Read more »
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 different... Read more »
“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 ignoring her... Read more »