Breaking dysfunctional patterns in your family

Breaking dysfunctional patterns in your family

Dysfunctional patterns will happen in families. No family is perfect. Oftentimes parents will follow down the same path they saw in their family of origin without even realizing it. Some family traditions and patterns are great to pass down to the next generation, but...
Are you an overprotective parent?

Are you an overprotective parent?

I love the movie Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo, where a father’s love fights to keep his son safe. But there’s a strong parenting lesson we all can learn about fear’s impact on parenting. Marlin, Nemo’s dad, was so fearful of Nemo getting hurt that he...
Did you do your best?

Did you do your best?

As a parent to 3 kids, it’s easy to see the natural comparisons and rivalry that start from innate competition even when we don’t fuel it. Envy and coveting are instinctual from very young ages. When I see our kids comparing themselves to others, I often...
Instilling character in your kids

Instilling character in your kids

Being a parent can be so hard! There is so much to juggle between education and activities, let alone the idea that we are trying to raise them to be upstanding adults some day. Just thinking about it can feel like climbing a mountain! It can be hard to think about...
Double standards in parenting

Double standards in parenting

“Do as I say not as I do”… double standards in parenting can make your parenting journey very difficult. Kids are always watching and are like sponges absorbing what we teach them- intentionally and unintentionally. It’s important to pay...
What is a sincere apology?

What is a sincere apology?

We all know a forced apology when we see one. The eye roll. The huffing under his breath as he quickly says, “Sorry” with a slight attitude. Nothing about that is a sincere apology. I’ve been in the place where I ask one of my kids to apologize to the other and get...