Do you sometimes feel like your children are running things and you are powerless to change it? Do you wonder how other parents get results and your children just don’t take you seriously? Do you cringe and feel guilty when you assign a consequence and then find yourself backing down? You might be practicing pushover parenting. [Read more…]
Teens crave peer acceptance and they get it through conformity. But, the idea of teens and conformity, often attributed to the dreaded peer pressure, makes most parents’ hair stand on end, if not fall right out on the pillow during sleepless nights.
I’ve seen the battles right in my office. Parent – “Think for yourself.” “Be yourself, not who you think other kids want you to be.” Teen sitting sullenly with no eye contact. Parent – “Who cares what other kids wear/think/do?”
Your child cares. [Read more…]
College, student loans, career planning, and how to put it all together isn’t easy. Understandably, most of the deliberation centers around cost vs. potential earning. College funded by student loans has gotten a lot of press, and sometimes I see people shying away from college all together. They do this primarily because of the fear of debt. Going to college, and borrowing money to do it, are major life decisions. So, it makes sense to have a good plan first, and hopefully these ideas will help. [Read more…]