Kids and the Comparison Trap

Are adults the only ones who struggle with the issue of comparison? Nope. Are the stakes lower for kids when they compare themselves to others? Nope again. So, what are parents to do? Good news! We can be prepared to coach our kids, regardless of their ages, through the mine field of constant comparison. They don’t have to find […]

Parenting Teenagers, Part 3: A Life of Their Own

“Who in the world told my kids they could have a life of their own?” I remember chronically thinking this while ours were teenagers. Just when we hit a parenting stride that was awesome (awesome… meaning I was pretty much in control of their schedules and daily details, and made sure none of it actually […]

Parenting Teenagers, Part 2: Effective Consequences

Another best practice we stumbled upon in the teenage years revolved around appropriate punishments. We found the most effective consequences tended to be those that “fit” the offense. Let me just throw out a scenario. I have a friend whose son decided it would be fun to sneak out with some buddies while at their […]

Parenting Teenagers, Part 1: Constant Conversations

I’m frequently asked questions that revolve around parenting 12–18 year olds, so I’ll throw out a series of what I think could be called Best Practices for Parenting Teenagers. I’m not sure how many there will be, but so far there’s one. One thing Andy and I discovered while parenting teenagers was the “Constant Conversation” […]