ParentFurther Blog


By: Dr. Jenna Sethi, Guest Blogger

What do you like most about being with your family? In our November webinar, Nurturing Strong Family Relationships During the Teenage Years, we asked webinar participants to tell us what they enjoy most about being together as a family.

Other Blog Posts

By: Vicki Bohling

Every family has strengths, but some families also have weaknesses. Research has shown that adults raised in dysfunctional families frequently report difficulties forming and maintaining intimate relationships, maintaining positive self-esteem, and trusting others; they fear a loss of control, and deny their feelings and reality. It’s true—our early influences can leave behind deep grooves—both good and bad— that we tend to carry around for the rest of our lives. Dysfunction can be a difficult cycle to break, but it is possible. In my work with families, I refer to this process as “pioneer parenting”. For all pioneers who have been the first to enter new territory, the road is often long and bumpy, but the destination points can be incredibly rewarding and the legacy is definitely priceless. Learn more >

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

Mom, Can I Sleep at Jack’s Tonight?

Ah, sleepovers…the epicenter, thus far, of peer pressure and questionable teenage behavior in my son’s life. As my kids have gotten older, I realize that I was unprepared for the transition from the little kid mega-event of a sleepover to the casual, “Mom, can I sleep at ____’s tonight.” This new, impromptu “crashing at someone’s house” version of sleepovers can bring along with it a series of puzzling (and maybe even disturbing) scenarios that will make you ask—both of your kid and of the host parents—“Really???” Read more >

By: Tricia Cornell

We’ve all done it. Our eyes roll up into our eyelids; we curl the corners of our mouths—maybe we even let out a little snort. It’s the dreaded eye-roll, and it’s the ultimate sassy retort. Chances are, we’ve also seen our tweens and teens do it. Maybe their versions include a shoulder shrug or an under-the-breath mutter, “Whatever,” or “Yeah, right,” or some other creatively sarcastic reply. Read more >

By: Vicki Bohling

If there’s only one thing I’ve learned about parenting after all these years, it’s that the easiest way to parent isn’t always the best way. But, I’ve also learned that there are essentially two universal truths to parenting that every parent should own, accept, and practice every day—no matter what age, stage, phase, or season of parenting you may be weathering. Read more >

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

In our 15 years of parenting, Shop Guy* and I have learned that the art of parenting includes expecting the unexpected. I’m sure we’ve stared at one another in disbelief (at least once a week) over something baffling one of our kind, sensible kids has done. Read more >

By: Michele Timmons

Do your kids ever push you to the point where you’re “seeing red”? Since the beginning of time, kids have been pushing parents’ buttons, and it can be difficult to step out of the fire, cool off, and maintain a positive attitude despite the situation. Get tips >

By: Michele Timmons

"When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out." ~ Erma Bombeck

Welcome to a mom’s world. We love our families and our work (usually) and thrive on being needed. But at times, life gets so overwhelming we just don’t know where to turn or how to get out of life's "hamster wheel".

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By: Samantha MacDonald, Online Parent Engagement Coordinator

Last week, ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer, shared her big lesson of 2011 on the ParentFurther blog. This week, our Online Parent Engagement Coordinator, Sam, shares her own life lessons with us. Read Samantha’s life-changing lessons of 2011 now! >

By: ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer Jolly

Last week ParentFurther’s Program Manager, Mary Margaret shared her big lesson of 2011 on the ParentFurther blog. This week, Editor, Jennifer Jolly shares her own life lesson with us. Read Jennifer’s Christmas Miracle story now! >