Balancing Support and Independence in Teenagers’ Lives

I read an article about how a lot of teens today actually have less independence than previous generations had. Because now parents can, like, track on their phones. You know, you’ve got college kids where their parents are contacting the professors, their parents are finding roommates for them, their parents. There’s actually a Facebook group for parents at different colleges …

From Expectation to Appreciation

Exchanging expectations or trading them in for appreciation. I never understood what it meant until I started to realize all the times that I was angry, all the times that I was frustrated, and all the times that I felt like I didn’t have control over things. And I realized that there were so many expectations that I had from …

Adolescent Adventures

What is going on with teenagers nowadays? Like, especially with these teens, “Oh, sex is not a big deal. I’m curious about it.” I’m seeing it more after COVID. Like, once people are able to get out after being closed up for a year, they’re going out. But it’s so mind-blowing how much they want to experience it now. It’s …

Meditation to Calm our Kids

This is how we do meditation with kids. We get a very quiet place just sitting. I let kids either sit or lie down. I love to do body scans with kids, which basically focus on one part of their body at a time. So we’ll start with the head. I’ll be like, “Close your eyes. Focus on your head. …

How is Gratitude Growing with Us

One of the things that I would say to your children and to my children is that they know that our goal is to set them up to win no matter what. Like, whatever input we’re going to give to them, there isn’t an agenda. The agenda is so that “You can win in that,” that you can grow through …

Pressure of Perfection

How many kids are under the pressure of perfection? And by no means do I want to sound cliche by this, but we have social media, where only the best survive. Only the best thrive. Those with the greatest numbers are the ones with the greatest qualities. Now, we don’t get to see what’s behind the screen, but what’s presented …

What’s scary about the dark?

I was 38 when I got pregnant with twins. And I remember they’re like, “Oh, you’re high-risk.” And I’m like, “Oh, because I have twins?” They’re like, “No, because your age.” And I’m like, “What? My age puts me at high risk?” They’re like, “Yeah, over 35, you’re considered high risk.” And I’m like, “What are you talking about? I …

Finding Appreciation

Some people put a lot of pressure on themselves to find appreciation for everything. And here’s what’s strange about that: That’s actually an expected appreciation. They have an expectation that there’s appreciation. So what are we really talking about, then? We’re really talking about and sharing with everyone that the expectation is more of a concept. It’s a concept. And …

Family Recharge Day

It took me a long time to learn how to self-care because I thought self-care was selfish, I thought self-care was being lazy, and I thought self-care meant I wasn’t getting things done that needed to get done and I was going to get behind. When you change the meaning of something to mean something more empowering, bigger, better, and …