Am I Enabling Addiction or Keeping My Child Alive?

When a child struggles with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, parents might begin blaming themselves for their child’s behaviors. One parent might accuse the other of enabling the addiction. The other parent could feel shame, as they blame themselves for what has happened. They fear the judgment and accusations of others, who might be […]

How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings

School shootings and other mass shootings can be difficult for kids to understand. As parents, we want our kids to feel safe and secure in their lives. We want to protect them from all harm; physical, emotional, and mental. However, the world can be unpredictable and dangerous at times. With children learning safety protocols during […]

Do Kids Need Immediate Consequences to Learn Proper Behavior?

Many parents believe that consequences for misbehaviors need to be delivered immediately, or they will not stick. When a child acts out or flunks a big test, parents might yell, “go to your room,” or issue some other punishment in the moment without consideration for the long-term effects. Often, our knee-jerk reactions to a child’s […]

Delivering Consequences

Setting consequences for our child’s behaviors can help them learn to obtain their needs healthily. Kids might exhibit challenging behaviors, like addiction, defiance, promiscuity, or running away to meet an unmet need. As parents, we can guide our kids to find healthy ways of getting what they need. To set consequences for our kids to […]

Should I Tell Other Parents My Child’s Gender?

Parents of children who identify as other than their gender at birth might wonder if they should talk to other parents about their child’s transition. For example, parents might worry about how other parents will feel if a child born as a boy is spending time alone with their girl, and vice versa. In addition, […]