3 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries with Disrespectful Parents

July 19, 2022

From my perspective, there’s nothing more precious than the child-parent relationship. Yet, recently, I’ve seen a disturbing trend of disrespect and uncaring behavior disrupting this vital, foundational relationship.

The overwhelming response to my article, “How to Deal with a Disrespectful Grown Child,” opened a window into just how deep the wounds and disconnection are in our present culture. I’ve received scores of emails, numerous requests for parent coaching, and phone calls with pleas for help. And more recently, I’m receiving comments and emails from children burdened by emotionally [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Why We Think Teenage Rebellion Is Normal

July 12, 2022

Have you ever asked yourself as a parent, "What does a normal teenager act like?" Teenage rebellion and defiance are common challenges that parents often navigate. On top of teenage push-back are social media and smartphones competing with the teen-parent connection. (Or shall I say "screen addiction"?) As a parent coach and parenting instructor, I get scores of S.O.S. calls from parents. Many parents are fearful and remark, "Where did my 'sweet child' go?!"

So is teen rebellion normal? And what is dramatically outside the realm of healthy development and accompanying behaviors? Let's [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Parenting Favorites

Want a Healthy Relationship with Food? Learn the Connection Between Weight Gain and Stress

June 29, 2022

If you’re feeling the psychological or physiological effects of stress, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, in 2021, eighty percent of the US population suffer from stress. These feelings can manifest in numerous ways, such as the way we eat and what we eat.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Posted in Habits for Health

Kids' Screen Time and How It Affects Their Behavior

June 22, 2022

Nowadays, children have easy access to screens and technology that can dominate their daily lives. But as convenient as it is to put your child in front of an Xbox, computer game, or TV, have you ever wondered how screens affect early child development?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Exercising Your Brain: 6 Ways to Boost Brain Fitness and Mental Health

June 14, 2022

When you think about fitness, you probably imagine going to the gym to stay in shape and build muscle tone. However, your body isn’t the only thing that requires exercise. Some people are unaware that the brain is a muscle. Brain fitness exercises keep your mind sharp and toned, ensuring peak mental and emotional wellness.

Mental fitness does not require intense brain training. Instead, it involves fun and creative exercises that challenge your brain to think critically.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

10 Essential Life Skills to Help Your Child Succeed

June 06, 2022

Children spend twelve years in school to prepare them academically, many going to college as a steppingstone for a career. As a parent, you want them not only to survive the challenging teenage years but thrive and succeed as adults. However, success is not just about being academically successful, career-driven, or financially stable, is it?

The concept of success is also attributed to fulfillment and happiness. Therefore, emphasizing academic performance to safeguard your child’s future is not enough. You must also focus on developing life skills.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Why Keeping Score in a Relationship Isn't Helpful or Healthy

May 26, 2022

“Relationships are about give-and-take.” You've probably heard this saying before; it's one of the most common relationship pieces of advice. But is it true? Well, that's a more complicated question requiring a longer answer. While it is true that relationships are about a natural flow between two people of giving and receiving, some people interpret this factor to mean that relationships should be fifty-fifty. And since that's rarely the reality, one person starts keeping score in an attempt to match up.

This article will dive deeper into this phenomenon and explain precisely why keeping [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Balancing Work and Family: How to Juggle with Ease

May 23, 2022

Is it possible to balance work and family? Or is work-life balance a myth, an unending and unachievable pursuit?

The average person spends roughly one-third of their life at work, with another one-third spent sleeping. That final chunk of time is all that’s left for everything in our personal lives. And each relationship and area directly and dramatically affect the whole.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Business and Leadership, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Shift Your Mind to a Positive Perspective! Why Priming Blinds Us

May 19, 2022

Our brains, human behavior, and conditioning have always been a great fascination for me. Every single person is unique, giving them a distinct perspective. Each person sees life differently based on temperament, personality, and past experiences. But not just their experiences, but what conclusions they draw from their experiences. What an incredible opportunity we have to learn empathy and understanding.

It's true...we all live in a private little universe. No matter how close we become with another human being, we can never truly know what another person feels and experiences. In fact, a [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Let Go of Expectations and Start Enjoying Your Relationship

May 16, 2022

Expectations. Is it healthy to have expectations in a relationship? Or do they set us up for disappointment and strife? Many think expectations are acceptable—even agreed upon when we commit and say "I do."

However, it's been my experience that it is far better to assume nothing and presume innocence when our expectations get trampled by unexpected changes. No matter how much you plan, reality will nearly always be different.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

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