Gina Norma

Gina Norma grew up in St. Paul MN, and enjoys art, reading, traveling, thrift shopping, picnics, volunteering and spending time with her 17-year-old. One day she hopes to go to Italy, attend college, and solve world hunger. Gina says, “To me, parenting is all about building relationships with our kids and walking along side them — not trying to control them or use shame.” You can read Gina’s blog at

Articles by Gina Norma

Parenting Your Teen: 3 Steps Toward Mutual Respect



In my last post, I wrote about the importance of mutual respect when it comes to parenting teens. Here are three things that have helped me with my 16-year-old daughter: 1. GIVE your teenager reasons: You don't have to have a long list of reasons as to why you say "no" to something they want or... Read more »

Parents and Teens: Why Respect Goes Both Ways



One way I've always viewed parenting is through the eyes of mutual respect. It seems to me there is a lot of talk about controlling behavior, and less RESPECT when it comes to the parent/child relationship. Almost like an authority type relationship. You might be thinking, "WELL Yeah, I do have authority over my child, I... Read more »

Teen Behavior: Don’t Take It Personally



One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn as a Mom is this one:  It’s not personal. Meaning, I can’t take things personally in regard to my teenager. A lot of what we go through with them will feel like its personal, or maybe I’m just more sensitive! I’ve come a long way with... Read more »

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5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child



As parents, we all find ourselves saying things that we never thought we'd say. Here are five phrases I personally think we should avoid if at all possible: 1. "Because I said so!" Just ask yourself the following:  How does saying this build your relationship? Having a relationship means being real -- and being relational. I think it's important to be... Read more »

Why Your Response Is Important: Are You a “Freak Out” Mom?



I had an eye-opening experience a few weekends ago at my daughter’s 16th Birthday party. A little history: my daughter started her “own business” in the sense that she is piercing her friends' ears.  At first I thought “There is no way this is happening!” I didn’t want to be responsible for the other children -- and quite honestly, it... Read more »

How I Talk to My Teen about Trust



One of my main goals with my daughter is to teach her to be responsible and trustworthy as she navigates through the teen years. Something that works really well for her is the visual of a house. A house starts from virtually nothing; there is land, and then through time it is built up. The foundation/land... Read more »

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