I Worry about our Teenagers- the Extroverts, the Introverts and the Ones in Between

My daughter is tired of me. She’s had enough. An almost 16-year-old extrovert is not meant for isolation.  She is wired for connection, friendship and community and her family of 5 isn’t cutting it anymore. Her eyes look different…I can see the lonely. The past 6 weeks have blurred together, and she has done a Read more about I Worry about our Teenagers- the Extroverts, the Introverts and the Ones in Between[…]

Parenting Teenagers Means Finding Hope in Little Moments

As parents, we never know. We don’t know if we are doing our job correctly as a parent–raising responsible and kind young people to gift to the world when we launch them into adulthood. We don’t know if our kids feel connected to us, that we have done enough to be bonded to them or Read more about Parenting Teenagers Means Finding Hope in Little Moments[…]

Growing Up, One Last at a Time

“At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time, and nobody knew it”. My oldest son grew up with friends like the boys from the movie “The Sandlot”.  They started kindergarten together and they were a force to reckon with.  God bless their elementary school Read more about Growing Up, One Last at a Time[…]

An Open Letter to Brandy Melville

Dear Brandy Melville, I have a beef with you. If I’m being honest, I think you suck. Sure, some of your clothes are cute and probably comfortable, but I abhor what you stand for.  You represent the opposite of everything I work on daily with teenage girls in my office.  You body-shame young girls and Read more about An Open Letter to Brandy Melville[…]

As Her Brother Takes A Step Into His New Life, She Will Take A Step Into Hers

It’s official. In exactly one month from today we drop my middle off at college.  He leaves home, launches into adulthood and spread his wings. Time to fly, Baby. While I sit and ponder, or if I’m being honest wallow, this change I have dreaded for 18 years, I am overwhelmed with the empty space Read more about As Her Brother Takes A Step Into His New Life, She Will Take A Step Into Hers[…]