One of my kids was crippled by anxiety as a child. He had to check to see where I was every five minutes and multiple times throughout the night, couldn’t have any doors closed if I wasn’t in the room with him, wouldn’t go anywhere unfamiliar by himself, and was terrified of elevators. He had […]
He Has Arrived. And Yours Will Arrive, Too.
I spend a lot of time worrying about my kids. Too much time. I worry about whether or not I’m doing things well enough. I worry about whether or not I’m teaching them the “right” lessons in the right way. I worry about whether or not I’m building them up or tearing them down, and […]
If You Are Having A Hard Time Getting Your Kids Out The Door In The Morning, This Approach May Help.
Today we had one of those rare mornings where everyone had eaten breakfast, everyone was dressed, all teeth were brushed and all lunches were packed about a half an hour before the buses were coming. What I have learned from experience though, is that even when we are all pretty much ready to go with […]
There Is No Shame In Therapy.
I was talking to a mom recently, and she was telling me that her child who is in elementary school was struggling with anxiety and it’s gotten to the point that it’s affecting the child at school so the kid is now seeing a therapist. And the mom seemed kind of scared to admit this […]
Because I Didn’t Want To Miss Out, Mom
It has been almost two months since I quit drinking, but my kids didn’t have any idea that I stopped. I didn’t really drink that often. I pretty much never had a glass of wine or a beer with dinner or even when the kids were awake. And it’s not because I didn’t want them […]
The Problem Wasn’t My Son. It Was Me.
Number 3 and I have been going head to head recently. A lot. Of all the kids in the house, he’s the one that frustrates me the most right now. This title of MFK (Most Frustrating Kid) shifts from child to child. It seems just as one of them settles into a happy and agreeable […]