This morning, our house overflowed with the squeals and giggles of four boys in constant motion - two of them tweens. They were just "hanging out." As far as I could tell - they looked like happy and confident tweens - but I know it's a transitional time. One boy was jumping on a fitness ... Read More
Parenting children, tweens, and teens - done right - is hard. What we all want is to be gently raising happy kids who are engaged, connected, curious, and intentional in the choices they make.
I share fabulous inspiration, tips, ideas, and advice for enjoying their friends, recognizing how funny they can be, and listening to their ideas and goals for their future.
What you won't find here is a sanitized version of the failures, truths, and challenges involved in loving and teaching these young tweens and teenagers who we don't always understand.
Sometimes it seems like they only want to hangout with their friends, grumble about school, and live solely to be annoying. But what I constantly remind myself is how much I love my two guys and that their behavior is always the tip of the iceberg of what they must be feeling.
It's my job to gently guide them through these overwhelming emotions with discipline, love, and by simply holding space for them to feel these things.
I've seen the signs of anxiety off and on in each of my highly sensitive boys - and definitely this year as we went back to school. I decided to find as many stories for children about anxiety as I could find. But I realized that stories weren't enough - especially for my older son; I felt that a ... Read More
When we come home from just about anywhere, my son immediately races to his room before I even know he's hopped out of the car. He's looking for quiet. He's searching for a respite, from tween intensity and the intensity of life. He is highly sensitive - and he requires solitude to recharge. My ... Read More
My oldest son has entered a new tween, or young teen, time. He's neither here nor there - it's an "in between"time. This one has me unsettled. He is in between being snuggly but not wanting his friends to see. He's in between fixing his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich but still needing mommy ... Read More
It's that time. It may be the holidays, or a break from school, or just any time when there is more going on in your home than usual. It's easy for you to feel stressed out, or even burned out if the demands are overwhelming. And you know your child will struggle. Have you wondered what a highly ... Read More