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...]

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...]

The Blur of Being a Parent

The school year is about to start, and you may already feel like you are behind. Like many parents, you may be overwhelmed. But you want to do things differently this year: simpler, with more clarity and less clutter. But you don't have much time. It's enough to make you long for … [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...]

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...]

Serenity Broken

Recently we had some houseguests from Australia. After a healthy breakfast, we enjoyed coffee and conversation before they left to return to Melbourne. It was a calm morning - sunny, serene and comfortable. The kids laughed and played Wii Sports. The rental car was packed to the brim. As adults, we … [Read more...]

Sick and Tired

“I have a 4.4 GPA. I study during lunch, I'm on the varsity volleyball team, attend youth group weekly and just went on a mission trip with my church; but my dad looks at me and frowns, like I’m lazy and goofing off when I take thirty minutes to video chat with my friends. He doesn’t understand that … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Call Super Nanny

"I don't want the government to give me health care, I want them to give me the Super Nanny!" says comedian Tim Hawkins  www.TimHawkins.net Wouldn't that be great? When the kids are whiny; Jo Frost shows up and tells them, "You have been very naughty. Go sit on the naughty stool. Straightaway!" … [Read more...]

Top Ten Ways To Frustrate Your Kids

Barbara called me on her cell phone, "I want my son to see you as soon as possible. How soon can you get him in?" "When is he free?" I asked. "Well, let's see . . .he has soccer at three,  guitar lessons at five; a tutor after dinner; youth group on Wednesdays - wait, I have another call - hang … [Read more...]