This time I thought I'd offer a little hope to all the beleaguered parents who read Empowering Parents and wonder if the advice here will ever work for them.
Those of you who have read my other blogs know that my 9-year-old grandson, Coby, has never been nominated for "best behaved boy of the week" and I have... Read more »
OK, I'll admit it — I have certain unrealistic expectations for my son. Don't get me wrong, some of our expectations are good — we expect him to do his homework, clean his room, and be polite, for example. Others, well, are not as reasonable.
Our son Alex, who is almost 8, has started to refuse to hug our relatives hello and good-bye, which... Read more »
As many of us realize, sometimes it seems the main job of a parent is to say no. I remember as a child waiting for a “maybe.” At least a “maybe” meant my parents were thinking it over and there was the possibility of a yes. Well, that is until I learned and often voiced,... Read more »
Recently, my 9-year-old received an invitation to attend a pool party for a girl that she considers her (current) “best friend." My two oldest girls and I arrived at the gathering on a Sunday afternoon. Upon entering, I scanned the backyard for familiar faces yet knew nobody. I met the friend’s mother previously -- she seemed... Read more »
I learned this the hard way when my daughter was diagnosed with Mono. I was humbled when I realized the reason I say YES to most things that make her life so busy, was because IT MADE HER HAPPY! But guess what? IT ALSO MADE HER SICK! It didn't mean it was good for her for me... Read more »
We’re running here, hurrying there, multi-tasking, and stretched to the limit -- trying to be everything, all the time, to everybody. But sadly, we cannot. We need to slow down, choose our priorities carefully, consciously, and timed well.
I notice that women seem to arrive at a magical time in life, when a dormant passion,... Read more »
Is it an unreasonable expectation to expect to find a towel hanging on the rod when you go into the bathroom to wash your hands? My husband says no. I say yes. In our home, with 4 boys, three who have ADHD, it is not reasonable to expect that this will occur.
Each boy in our... Read more »
I didn’t really see it coming until it hit me in the face directly.
I was having a mommy and me day with my youngest child, complete with a trip to the American Girl store that just opened up and then tea at a lovely hotel. While holding a doll named Sue I became giddy over... Read more »
I am at my wit's end. I have been trying to get my 19 year old son to get a job for months now. He says he's trying, but I can't be sure, as I am not home during the day to supervise him. I also just found out that he has been... Read more »
Fact: for the child with ADHD, the difficult teen years are doubly hard. That’s because all the adolescent problems—peer pressure, the fear of failure both in school and with peers, low self-esteem—are harder for the ADHD child to handle. The desire to be independent, to try new and forbidden things—alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity—are ways... Read more »