ScreamFree Parenting: Turning Your Parenting Inside Out

We just finished co-leading ‘ScreamFree Parenting,’ a class for parents of pre-schoolers, adolescent children and teenagers where we learned how to improve the relationship with our children by focusing on ourselves.  Yes — ScreamFree Parenting is about the parents — not the children.

Hal Runkel, family therapist and author of NYT Bestseller, ‘ScreamFree Parenting‘ teaches parents that the best way to raise your children is to ‘keep your cool.’

What happens when you don’t keep your cool?  Check out this trailer for Disney-Pixar’s new film, ‘Inside Out.’  Releasing in June 2015, the film is an animated story of the powerful ‘emotional’ voices inside ourselves.   This clip gives us a funny view behind the dinner table conversation of a teenage daughter and her parents.

Can you see yourself in this story?

Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents to help Teens Successfully Launch into Adulthood (February 22)

The teenage years can be one of the most challenging seasons of life for parents and children.  It should be a time where teenagers are preparing for life on their own with mentoring and support from their parents.  Unfortunately, many teenagers find themselves ‘failing to launch’ and find themselves living at home into their 20’s.



If you’re a parent of a teenager in the North Atlanta area, please check out ‘Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents.’  New York Times Best-Selling Author Hal Runkel and speaker, humorist, and best-selling author, John Turner of The ScreamFree Institute invite you to join them to learn the latest research and ways to effectively prepare our teenagers for a productive adulthood.

The 4-hour seminar is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 from 9-2:30pm at Stonecreek Church in Milton, GA.  Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.  You can find more information and register here through Wednesday February 19.  

John Rosemond, popular author and parenting expert calls these year, ‘the mentoring’ years where parents transition from the  ‘authority’ role to ‘mentor’ role with the goal of ‘launching’ their children into adulthood.  I’ve written about our own challenges and experiences during our children’s teenage years in a post called, ‘Four Seasons of Child Rearing:  The Season of Mentoring.

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Giving Her Away: A Mother of the Bride’s Story

This is a guest post by our friend, Karen Clark who shares a story from her daughter’s wedding day.  Read why ‘motherhood is not for cowards.’  You can read more by Karen at

I am still reliving my daughter’s wedding.   It was a magical, emotional, beautiful time to watch her walk down the aisle into the arms of the man God brought into her life 2 years ago.   I saw, for the first time, the love between them finally openly expressed.  I had watched them for 2 years, and always felt like something was being held back, which puzzled me.

Lindsey and Rob

Lindsey and Rob

As I sat on the front row of the church as the “Mother Of The Bride”, I definitely had a front row seat to witness love finally allowing itself to overflow.  A new understanding and appreciation for my “new” son was born.  He had held his emotions in for so long, not wanting to arouse the passion that was just bubbling up, with no where to flow, until the “I Do” was spoken.   As I watched his heart overflow with tears as the vows were spoken, my “mother’s heart” was relieved.


Why School Grades Mean Nothing (Don’t let your children read this)

Joel Malm's Blog
November 5, 2013

I enjoy reading Joel Malm’s blog.  I don’t know Joel personally but am encouraged through his stories of faith, adventure and courage.  Joel leads ‘Summit Leaders,’ where he helps men step out of their comfort zone to better understand their calling.  Instead of a conference room setting, Joel takes his audience on a hiking or sailing adventure of a lifetime.

His post, ‘Why School Grades Mean Nothing‘ shouldn’t be used as an excuse to let your children slack off but it should help you see the importance of vision and encourage you to take a ‘farsighted view.’   If academics aren’t your children’s forte, help them discover their skills and desires in other areas.

Monica and I faced a similar challenge with Nathan during high school when we realized helping him follow his ‘creative’ skills was going to more valuable than pushing him toward an ‘academic’ Advanced Placement curriculum.  You can read that story here.

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How to Reduce Family Holiday Stress and Establish Your Own Family Traditions

This is a guest post from our friend, Allison McCreary.  Allison shares how she and her husband, Grant have established meaningful, new family traditions in their own home.

It happens to most parents: trying to find a balance between each person’s family traditions and establishing new traditions as a family with young children. We often get caught up in the “major” traditions asking whether to open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, do we serve the full menu for Thanksgiving Day, and where to celebrate key holidays?

Grant and I are still trying to figure out how to balance our childhood memories of holidays, family obligations and traditions and our goal of setting new traditions in our family.   Recently, I’ve realized that I can take some stress out by focusing on the other 360+ days a year to create new traditions and memories for Cecelia and Carter to carry with them as they grow.

Here are two new traditions we’ve started in our family and lessons learned as a family that will help us create more.

Allison McCreary and children Cecelia and Carter enjoy Saturday morning tradition.

Allison McCreary and children Cecelia and Carter enjoy a new Saturday morning tradition.