Category Archives for Parenting

You Don’t Have to Fear the Teen Years…and Here’s Why

“I still fit,” he says, in his 18-year-old man voice, as he sits his 180-pound man body on his mother’s lap and draws his knees to compact himself into a ball.  She’s squished, but she smiles anyway…enjoying the last few years she has with her boy before another woman will eventually replace her as Number […]

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KonMari and Toys: Teaching Your Children a Valuable Lesson

There was stuff.  Stuff everywhere I turned.  Too many clothes.  Too many books.  Too many papers.  Too many toys.  Too many odds and ends that didn’t seem to have a real home (unless you count the junk drawer, which I am told doesn’t count).  The sheer volume of stuff my family owned was suffocating and overwhelming.  I’d look around my cluttered home, […]

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5 Bits Of Wisdom I Shared With My Son As He Considers His Future

You’re 18 years old now, and you have some big decisions to make.I don’t worry about you making those big decisions, though.  You’ve had lots of practice over the years making decisions that matter all on your own.  It’s not going to be such a big, scary world out there because you’ve already been living […]

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The One Crappy Drawing and 8 Steps I Used to Encourage My Frustrated Child

She let loose with an ear-piercing screech that shattered the relative calm at home.  I pinched the bridge of my nose and drew in a deep, centering breath.  Since I’m being honest, I’ll admit that my first thought was what now?  I set the soapy dish I had been washing back in the sink and […]

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4 Factors to Consider When You Grant Your Children Freedom

Your job as a parent is to work yourself out of a job.You have failed in your most basic job as a parent if your children reach adulthood and they are not ready and willing to be competent, contributing members of society.  Working yourself out of a job can’t start when your children reach their teens.  It must […]

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