Anger Cycle

Anger Cycle

“I hate my son.” This was an actual statement said to me by a woman in one of my workshops. She said this with tears in her eyes. I could tell she did not want to feel this way and yet didn’t know where to go with this unwanted notion. I also knew that hate …

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Need Help NOW?!?!

Need Help Now?

Have you ever felt like pulling your hair out in frustration over the behaviors of your teenager? I honestly never understood that whole concept. Pulling your hair out is an evocative phrase, a mental image of being at your wits’ end but actually doing it seems silly and unreasonable at best. Yet, I found myself …

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Do You Know the Difference Between Your Role as a Parent and Your Identity as a Person?

Do You Know the Difference Between Your Role as a Parent and Your Identity as a Person?

According to a recent post on Psychology Today’s blog, mother’s are drowning in stress. The article states: “The United States is an outlier among Western Industrialized countries for its lack of support for working mothers.” The longterm answer is social change which is a bit daunting at best. However, your understanding of what is actually …

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Parenting is Finite

Parenting is Finite

Wouldn’t it be nice if we got a certificate at the end of our parenting years as proof of a job well done? How do we even know when to hand over the reins? What proof is there that our kids are able to adult? To take on all of the decision-making and responsibilities of …

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China Syndrome

Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the rat

Happy New Year! Okay, now that all the confetti has fallen and all of the falderal is over we can move on to the business of raising adults in 2020. China’s “Big Baby” crisis, the apparent difficulty Chinese youth are having, is today’s topic. When you think of the word “adult” what comes to mind? …

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SHINE Your Light!

SHINE Your Light!

The older I get, the more I realize that the stories presented by my parents were sometimes edited in order to protect me from harsh realities. I get that. I understand that there are times when being conscious of sharing in an age appropriate manner is important. However, there are things that happen to us …

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