#GivingTuesday – ‘But I’m Not In The Mood’

Today is #givingtuesday - a day dedicated to charity, sharing and helping others. The timing is intentional. Before we spend a ton of time, energy and cash on our family and friends, we pause to be grateful and show kindness to others. It should help us get in the #christmasspirit. Are you in the … [Read more...]

Do I Have ADD?

"Our son doesn't turn in his homework, the very same homework we worked on with him the night before," said Bruce with frustration in his voice, "And report card season is traumatic for him and us. We cringe when we look at the comments section. We don't expect the grades to be that good, but we … [Read more...]

From Scattered to Successful

I recently finished writing a book with Stephen Arterburn: Understanding and Loving a Person With ADD. It will be out this fall. I'm excited about the book because it comes out of years of coaching people with ADD on moving from scattered to successful. Recently, I did a three session class for … [Read more...]

Happy Kids?

I always twitch a little when I hear a parent say, “All I want for my child is for him to be happy.” I think I react because I’m not sure if ‘happy’ is coming from a place of positivity and health, or from a darker place of fear and a frantic lifestyle. “I have two children, and all I want for … [Read more...]

The Problem With Raising A Prince

I have to admit it, I have a problem with the prince and princess mentality I see emerging in some families. I enjoy the fairy tales; the Disney franchise that introduces preschoolers to the epic stories through media, merchandise, and theme park experiences; and the ideas of a quest to win the … [Read more...]

Healthy Families – Healthy Businesses

Families, like businesses have a system and a culture. Some look attractive, even successful, but if you look deeper, they actually may be unhealthy. Your family and your work are the two most important organizations in your life. Are yours' healthy? Organizational health is the single greatest … [Read more...]

A Popular Obsession

Our culture is obsessed with perfection: perfect babies, intelligent preschoolers, kindergartners who speak French, third-graders who know algebra, fifth-graders who make the all-star club team in soccer, eighth-graders who spend their Saturdays in SAT prep courses, and sophomores suffering sleep … [Read more...]

What Teen Daughters Wish Their Dads Knew

“My dad still thinks I’m a little girl, and I’m going to college next year! I wish he knew how that makes me feel insecure and not ready. I’m getting good grades, doing cheer, going to church and have a job. Why can’t he see me for a capable young woman rather than someone he needs to protect or … [Read more...]

What is Coaching?

I'm often asked, "What is coaching?"  I typically respond that my style of coaching is a hybrid between a counselor and a sports coach. I'm trained in educational psychology and have spent years studying how people grow. Here's what I'm discovering: People grow when they have someone encouraging … [Read more...]

Common Views Parents Have of Their Kids

It's September, and as parents, we are excited to have our kids go back to school (except for those parents who are first-year preschool parents, and are agonizing and missing their precious little one, but you'll get over it.) You may catch yourself saying, "Your job is to be a student, so make … [Read more...]

Less Than Perfect

"We just want her to work up to her potential. She's a gifted student and in honors and AP classes, but she seems to have lost her drive. Seems the more we talk with her, the less she does," said the forty-something dad wearing a crisp, professionally-starched dress shirt and shiny, polished Italian … [Read more...]