Helping your teen identify their feelings

Helping your teen identify their feelings

Cotton Candy is what I call her. She is full of sweetness, marvel, and loves big crowds. Her role, she feels, is to bring joy to all who are in her…


Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

I was flying home on a small commuter jet with two seats on either side of the aisle. I was by the window. A mother sat next to me and her two sons…


What parents should know about senior year

What parents should know about senior year

“This is the beginning of the end.”  I remember thinking this thought the entire summer before my senior year. I was terrified and did not feel ready…


5 things to tell your kids going back to school

5 things to tell your kids going back to school

As adults, we largely get to choose our environments. We can spend our time with people we like, people who help us thrive. Our children, on the…


3 promises for your college bound child

3 promises for your college bound child

It’s that time of the year when parents whose kids are college bound are busy preparing them for dorm or apartment life.  It’s a never ending list of…


4 surprising ways your Gen Z teen behaves

4 surprising ways your Gen Z teen behaves

Originally published on Denison Forum Michael Jackson’s album version of “Black or White” begins with a dad banging on his son’s door and shouting,…


A college freshman’s advice for parents

A college freshman’s advice for parents

Hi, my name is Blake Jefferson. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin.  I grew up in a small, Christian private…


Releasing my grip on my almost adult child

Releasing my grip on my almost adult child

My daughter is a “late bloomer” when it comes to driving. Thanks to COVID slowing things down with government agencies, she got a driver’s permit…


The walk that changes everything

The walk that changes everything

The Book of Parenting has so many chapters.  We start the day we find out we are going to be parents thinking of names and planning the nursery. Then…