I once read an article that said by time a boy is 10 years old he has died a million times. At first I was confused, but then I had to laugh. How true! Boys love action and pretending they are in a high risk situation facing certain death. But what do they need from us as moms. Moms are the most important women in a boy’s life. It is an awesome gift but with a small window. Let’s explore 6 Ways a Teenage Boy Needs Validation from his Mom. [Read more…]
Kids bloom at such different rates and in a variety of ways. But are there certain signs of emotional maturity in teens we should be on the look out for in our tweens and teens? And how do we cultivate emotional maturity if we think our teenagers are lacking in certain areas?
Did you imagine that your teen would apply to numerous colleges and win gobs of scholarship money only to find they won’t fill out the first application? Some students are very self-motivated and will only need some overseeing and direction when it comes to the college application process. But if you have a teenager that lacks motivation, don’t throw in the towel yet! I want to share with you a few tricks that FINALLY worked for us to motivate teenagers to apply to college and scholarships. [Read more…]
During my teens years, I watched Oprah while I worked the switchboard after school at my all girl high school. Oprah always referred to her light bulb moments, when a HUGE realization clicks. As I was reading Myquillan Smith’s book Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff, I couldn’t believe all the light bulb moments I had. If home is one of your favorite places, or you want it to be one of your family’s favorite places, then you are going to love all the ways that even a non-decorating mom can create a peaceful, cozy home! [Read more…]
As our kids enter the tween and teen years, the importance of having an emotionally healthy homes seems to spike. While creating a home that is emotionally stable has always been crucial, as parents we can now clearly see the effect on our teenagers. A home that is emotionally stable provides security, a place to learn and grow and the foundation for a healthy life. So what are we striving for as parents. What are the traits of emotionally healthy families? What does an emotionally home look and feel like? Here are 10 habits of emotionally healthy families. [Read more…]
When a friend shares of an emotional challenge they are facing, I often spend the rest of the afternoon thinking of a source or book that might encourage them. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that goes down a rabbit hole when it comes to finding solutions to an emotional or mental concerns. Naturally, when it comes to gift giving I love to bring a little inspiration to someone’s life to fuel their desire to grow! Whether you are purchasing a gift for your mom, grandma, or a friend (or giving friendly hints to your family), consider purchasing a gift that will inspire personal growth. To get you thinking here are the best personal development gifts moms will love! [Read more…]
We argued EVERY SINGLE day that summer. Typically, my mom and I get along really well. But the spring and summer of my high school graduation was filled with daily arguments. We shared a car and so we were thankfully only together most days for about a half an hour when I came home from work and right before she left. Today we laugh about that summer. Looking back though, I realize that we were both coping with high school graduation anxiety. While graduation is a time to celebrate it can also be extremely stressful for both parents and teenagers. [Read more…]
Consequences for tweens and teens are pivotal to raising responsible adults. And in order to have a HAPPY home, it is vital that your teens know you have consequences AND are willing to use them. Often parents feel overwhelmed, as teenagers push back on the boundaries during the teens years, believing that nothing works so there is no hope in trying. Well there is HOPE for raising disciplined teens, and there are an effective list of consequences for teenagers that truly work. [Read more…]
As a mom, there is something heart wrenching when you realize your kid is struggling and you can’t fix it. The challenges and pain your teen is feeling is very different from anything you have faced before because their inner conflict and depression is not going to resolve itself in a week. How do you walk with your child through the long haul as they struggle with teen depression? How do you help and comfort when your kid is hurting? [Read more…]
Personal Growth is about following through in your life, showing up for yourself and making decisions based on an awareness of your emotional health and not just feelings. So how do you develop a life like this if perhaps personal development is new to you, or you have never seen it modeled. Fortunately, even big growth all starts with SMALL changes. Choose from these 15 simple personal development goals for beginners. Begin creating an emotionally vibrant home for yourself and your family today!