Overcoming Toxic Shame

A memory that remains forever seared into my brain involves a nervous walk to my teacher’s office after school; upon knocking and entering, I explained that I was confused by the material we were learning and asked for her help in its comprehension.  She offered to re-explain it to me and as I sat there still with nothing registering, she...[ read more ]

The Parentified Child

Have you ever noticed a young child who seemed incredibly mature for her age? Maybe it was her natural ability to communicate well and navigate comfortably within the world of adults. Maybe it was her knowledge of cooking and cleaning; maybe you saw the way she embraced a “mommy-like” care-taking role with her siblings all while at the age of...[ read more ]

5 Tips for Back-to-School Anxiety

It’s that time of year once again! Back to school ushers in supply shopping, teacher meetings, orientations, and that happy re-orientation to bedtime and early morning routine! Often with back to school preparation, many kids share a similar dread in anticipation of the school year start-up. Resistance may feel strong and can begin to wear on parents. However of note,...[ read more ]

Avoiding the #1 Predictor of Divorce

In a culture where divorce is so rampant, there is no wondering why my husband and I received so many “good luck” cards and wishes on our wedding day.  Although the admonitions struck us as rather rude and non-celebratory at the time, it quickly became apparent how much dedication and hard work is really required in maintaining a strong, life-long...[ read more ]

When Forgiveness Feels Impossible

We have all been there.  Betrayal. Rejection. Abandonment. A painfully deep wound that plays and replays itself over and over in your mind, triggering a hurt that is pumped right out of your aortic chamber to every body extremity; only to return back to and straight through your heart.  Being wronged can keep one trapped in recirculated pain indefinitely. This...[ read more ]

The Costs of Secrets & Lies

Everybody lies.  No one escapes this. In fact, research out of the University of Notre Dame determined that the average American lies approximately 11 times per week!  Most of us know that lying is not an ideal choice and we often feel guilt when we do.  However, we still frequently excuse our lying behaviors when we believe it necessary to...[ read more ]

The Daddy-Wound

Something I’ve noticed in both my little girls is their intrinsic need to be adored, treasured and affirmed by their daddy. My 3 year old is currently obsessed with all things girly. Weekly she brings me her basket of nail polish and asks for her “foot bath” (pedicure;). She walks around the house daily with her pocket book, exchanging out...[ read more ]

Finding the Ninja Turtle in your Teenage Mutant

If you currently have kids or happen to be a child of the 90s, you are likely familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Four natural-born turtles came in contact with a secret ooze that mutated them into immature, bratty teenagers.  Their caregiver, Master Splinter, then made it his primary focus to school them in the art of the Ninja;...[ read more ]

Loving Yourself on Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is a holiday frequently met with one of two divergent reactions by women: sweet sensations of giddy heart butterflies, or a gag reflex.  Some in the middle may express utter indifference; but at the true soul core of every woman, there is that deep longing to be doted on and loved so rapturously; which is what most suppose...[ read more ]

6 Thinking Errors That Can Ruin Relationships

Have you ever found yourself calling it quits on a friendship or intimate relationship to later discover you completely misread or misunderstood the situation and lost your sanity on the person for no real reason!  Maybe you’ve even wrecked a family relationship and now find yourself estranged all on a misunderstanding!!   Here’s what’s crazy: How we experience reality depends...[ read more ]

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