Are you a snowplow parent?

It used to be called Helicopter parenting - the practice of hovering anxiously near one’s children, monitoring their every activity. Some parents now are more like snowplows: machines chugging ahead, clearing any obstacles in their child’s path to success, so they don’t have to encounter failure, frustration or lost opportunities. How do you know if … Continue reading Are you a snowplow parent?

Daylight Savings parenting fail

Check out this perfectly normal looking school carpool picture. It cannot be real, right? Especially yesterday.... the Monday after the daylight saving time change. The teenagers in this picture are smiling, fully dressed, and are not yelling at the driver of the car. This was NOT the picture of morning carpool at our house yesterday. … Continue reading Daylight Savings parenting fail

Parenting the teenage girl: the daily roller coaster

My sweet, smart, self-confident daughter turned 13 and our family jumped on the roller coaster of life with a teenage girl. I thought I had prepared her for the adolescent years. We talked openly about being true to yourself, and I felt she was well on her way to successfully navigating this time of life. … Continue reading Parenting the teenage girl: the daily roller coaster