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 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...]

Dealing With Back to School Stress

I'm starting to see all the back-to-school commercials, ads and hear the din of all the activities firing up, like NASCAR engines. School can feel like a race. "Why can't it be summer all year?" Students and parents are trying to catch their breath before the gun goes off and all the frantic … [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...]

You Are Stressin’ Me Out!

It turns out that we really can stress each other out, especially in families. Now we have evidence that supports 'empathic stress', especially if it involves someone we care about. The Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology (say that fast three times!) reported in April 2014 that watching a loved one … [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...]