Making Adolescence History

Making Adolescence History

Making Adolescence History

What if?  What if we could make adolescence a chapter in the history books – not the disorder of future generations? What if “adolescence free” helped create an “anxiety free,” “learning disability free,” and “bully free” world? What if an “adolescence free” generation writes the last sentence in the sex-trafficking chapter in world history? Understanding… Continue Reading

Don’t tell me, “No.”

Don’t tell me, “No.”

How about you?  What happens when you’re told, “No”? It’s such an interesting word.  We all like to say, “No” – and many times, we should.  But on many (most?) occasions, we don’t like to hear it. “No, you can’t have that cookie before dinner.” “No, your application to the college of your choice wasn’t… Continue Reading

Not control. Trust.

Not control.  Trust.

These gentlemen have taught me just about everything I know about grace; grace changes everything. This post invites you to be inspired, encouraged, affirmed, and challenged by their own words and their own voices.  Enjoy the podcast. “How do we help our children develop the ability to make thoughtful choices, not just follow rules or… Continue Reading

Good struggle or Bad struggle – how do we know?

Good struggle or Bad struggle – how do we know?

A common – but life-threatening – infection has been receiving lots of headlines recently; the number of cases is rising, the symptoms are compounding, and the statistics for recovery can be confusing. This infection reached epidemic proportions in America during the recent election; election day didn’t end the health crisis – instead, in many cases,… Continue Reading

Are they the top 10% or the drop-outs? or the ones in the middle?

Are they the top 10% or the drop-outs?  or the ones in the middle?

I’m asking about the protesters – the people reacting to the historic election in our country. I’m asking because whoever they are, we didn’t serve them very well if they were students in our education system. It doesn’t help when we call them “spoiled brats” if we’re the ones who’ve spoiled them – or if… Continue Reading

Consequences and grace…what does that look like?

Consequences and grace…what does that look like?

Some days seem picture perfect; most days don’t.  Especially as a parent.  The reality of the world we live in offers both beauty and struggle to most of our days. Struggle is so often the companion of immaturity in relationships with others. Have you ever noticed that “immature” is only sometimes cute and endearing when children are… Continue Reading

Today’s Feature Fight: Comfort Vs. Contentment

Today’s Feature Fight: Comfort Vs. Contentment

I remember years ago when a car alarm went off in a grocery store parking lot and people paid attention; yes, I know – that reveals I’m edging towards old! So many alarms later, we now often hear them as a nuisance instead of an invitation to be aware. I wonder if that’s how we feel… Continue Reading

Self-sufficiency and maturity are not synonyms

Self-sufficiency and maturity are not synonyms

I remember how excited I was when my first born could fix her own cereal if she woke up earlier than I did on a Saturday morning. This important milestone occurred a few weeks before I gave birth to her baby brother! As new parents, we celebrate milestones: When our baby rolls over When they… Continue Reading