Which of the following scenarios scares you the most?
1. Your 16-year-old son hops into the car to pick up his girlfriend and you don’t know where he’s going. You think you gave him a curfew but you can’t remember.
2. Your 16-year-old daughter hops into a car full of guys and says she’ll be back, “later.”
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Our children want our attention; they struggle with what we give them and how we give it to them. Parents struggle with this, too, and sometimes their efforts falter as they work to do their best.
Here are 8 things you can promise your child, communicating your desire to be a better parent:
Here are four things... Read more »
The first time I can remember experiencing disappointment as a child, outside of my own, was when I would go to my mother’s house for the occasional weekend visit. My mother’s son, my half brother, would be anxiously waiting for his father, an alcoholic, to pick him up for his weekly visitation. Soon 5:00 PM... Read more »
Wow!! I just want to say that being a mother is like no other job in the world! It has many joys, don’t get me wrong, but it is also exasperating! Honestly, there is always SOMETHING. And when you think you have it all figured out, it changes!
As the parent of a 9-year-0ld and an... Read more »
Everyone is going to think I have a "thing" with the number 5 and I've only been blogging for less than a year! I swear I don't, it just has worked out that way.
I've had the discussion with other parents before about the important things personally to me that I've taught my daughter. Meaning, what... Read more »
I had such great feedback on my last EP blog post, 5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child that I thought I would add some further thoughts. Remember none of us are “perfect” parents. It’s a learning process for all of us, and just like we were once children, we know that our kids will fall short -- and as... Read more »
It’s amazing what you get used to when economic circumstances change. I've learned that if you just go with it and try not fight what you can't control, you’d be surprised how creative and innovative you become.
Two and a half years ago, we lost everything. We had a business, but the investors pulled the plug... Read more »
Most of us have had parted ways with a best friend at some point in our life. We all know that it can really be devastating. In my last blog post I told the story of my 11-year-old daughter losing her best friend. It was done so quickly that she was left feeling like she did something wrong -- and as... Read more »
Lately, I find myself playing the Disney classic Dumbo several times a day “for the kids.” But in reality, I am the one eager to see it over and over again. And each time it is on, something about it captivates me and leaves me teary-eyed, nostalgic and yearning for an innocence long gone. So... Read more »
Being a parent is hard work, and sometimes the stress levels can get so high you wonder what you were thinking to bring kids into this world. Let's face it, raising children is a real and constant challenge. What's a parent to do? Here's the secret: You need to take control. And by that I... Read more »