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Revive Your Parent-Teen Relationship!

May 19, 2016

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

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 Revive Your Parent-Teen Relationship!

“Blood” is essential to sustain human life.  “Communication” is necessary to sustain human relationships.  I believe the life-blood of relationships is Communication … but not the same old yackety-yak we may have heard growing up!  Parents today have to interact differently with their sons and daughters when they become teenagers.  This is not easily done, especially when our teens prefer debating us rather having an agreeable conversation.

Allow me to challenge you.  Can you name three parents (excluding yourself) who have enviable relationship with their teenager?  Notice I didn’t ask you to name “families” … that might be nearly impossible.  So I’m asking for individual parents.  Can you name three?  I hope so because if you can’t … things are worse than I thought.

Strong Parent-Teen relationships are the first line of defense against families falling apart at the seams.  Families that fall apart figuratively end up in divorce, separation or other forms of estrangement.  Families that fall apart spiritually get lost in a fog of irreconcilable differences, unforgiveness, bitterness and depression.  In each situation, family members often feel lost in a private hell they cannot escape. read more …

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Transforming the Parent-Teen Relationship!

January 11, 2016

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 Transforming the Parent-Teen Relationship!

Are you fed up with your teenager? It’s a fair question. Ask yourself that question when it’s quiet and you can hear yourself think. Ask it when you’re frustrated and out of patience because your teenager has gotten on your Last Nerve. Ask the question when that Last Nerve is raw and exposed … and you conclude that you don’t have a clue about transforming your Parent-Teen relationship.

What is the answer that comes back to you? Be brutally honest in looking at the answer that creeps up on you. Perhaps you didn’t realize you were so angry with your child.

Don’t tell me you’ve never been there! Every parent, at some point in time during the teen years, has been there. I’d go so far as to declare that most parents have been there more than once over the length of time they spent raising their teenager. read more …

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Parenting in the Early Years … Sweet!

December 13, 2015

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 Parenting in the Early Years … Sweet!

Do you remember when parenting your child was a breeze? Most days felt like a “Play Day” for you. From Infancy and even through the Terrible Two’s, you were the Effective Parenting wiz. You were a Star Performer! Remember how other parents envied your child-rearing skills? Why wouldn’t they. You had a model child by any standard.

Back then parenting your child was stress-free. Your Pride & Joy was a wonderfully behaved little person. If Childrearing were an Olympic Sport, YOU would have been a Gold Medal Champion!

Okay, now let’s drop-kick that “Fantasy” down to a Level One Reality! read more …

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