There are many stresses in the lives of parents these days. Two are currently on a collision path. The first stress is Christmas with the media emphasis on getting the right gifts for everyone. The kids making out long lists of items they “just have to have”. Letters are being written to Santa in hopes of getting everything just because they were “good” this year. As a parent you see these lists, yet the second stressor of this season is the economy. Should you spend your money on fulfilling your child’s wish list or should you stay on that budget?
As parents we educate our children/teens about drugs and alcohol citing the addictive nightmares this can have on their lives. But, are you aware that cutting oneself, eating disorders, porn, anxiety, virtual gaming, shopping and gambling can also be addictive and have similar results? read more
Charlie Brown and Chris (According to Chris) have many thing in common. Both are trying to navigate life amidst the drama of relationships at school and at home. It is sad and exhausting to watch these “characters” try different ways to shed the drama only to be a target of criticism and ridicule with their peers. read more
It seems to be everywhere. Whether I am shopping, sitting on the beach or in a restaurant, I see parents “struggling” with their children. It could be a physical battle or a war of words. The issues don’t matter. It could be about wanting more candy, more privileges or just more than what the parent feels is good for the child/teen. read more
It was a refreshing moment when I overheard my 18 year old daughter saying, “My motto is, keep your mind open and your morals set.” I immediately tuned into this discussion of beliefs that these two young ladies had about themselves and their behaviors towards others. For example they would not judge others for doing things they personally have decided not to do. read more