Helping Your Teen With Anxiety

Human emotions are normal.  We all get anxious, depressed, happy, sad, angry, frustrated, and even manic sometimes.  What we need to learn is to manage emotions as we have them, and to acknowledge them.  So many times, in the past, we have been taught not to acknowledge emotions because it makes us look weak, or […]

How to Read People

People are so much more than that what you see in a first glance.  Unfortunately, you can see race, height, the color of someone’s eyes, and how they are dressed.  You can’t see the experience they have.  You can’t see what makes them sad or happy.  You have no idea if they struggle with loss, […]

Empowering Your Teen

In the last week, teens across the nation have been using their voices to challenge our country’s leaders.  They have made strong statements and are standing up to fight for what they feel is needed in this country.  They are using social media to organize and start to develop a voice about the times in […]

Supporting Your Teen

After the school shooting last week, kids are struggling more than ever.  I had a talk with my kids over the weekend about active shooter drills, protecting themselves, and staying safe.  It helped them, but it didn’t make me any less afraid to send them to school.   Over the last few days, kids have […]

Defining Bully

As I surf around the internet, I read comments.  Some comments provide support, and some comments provide information to consider, but other comments are just plain mean.  As I think about my kids being on the internet, I cringe at the comments that they might receive about things that they say or post.  I have […]

Lets Eat Dinner

How did your family do things when you were growing up?  Did you watch television together?  Did you go on vacation together?  Did you play games?  Did you eat dinner together?  I can remember growing up, and having dinner at the table in the evenings when my parents got home from work.  I also remember […]

Feeling Safe

Many people who experience trauma, on any level, struggle to feel safe.  On some level, many Americans struggled after 9/11 to feel safe in our country.  Trauma changes the way you think, feel and act.  As it becomes a part of you, the trauma gets integrated into who you become and you learn to be […]

Advocating for Your Child

In working with families, including my own, sometimes I encourage parents to advocate for their kids in school or in the community.  At other times, parents also have to be firm with their kids to teach them life lessons.  Much of the time, managing the balance is the hard part.  It’s hard to see your […]

Helping Kids Through Tough Times

There is so much going on in the world today, and so much news that kids are exposed to, sometimes it can be hard for them to understand events and still feel safe.  No matter what the age, kids and young adults need information and assistance with what they hear and see.  There are many […]

Surviving Young Adulthood

After writing the recent post about the life cycle, it occurs to me that there is more to talk about.  Surviving the teen years is hard, but at least kids are still with their parents, for the most part.  After graduation, or turning 18 year old, it gets harder, and some parents are still around […]