We want you to succeed in building a happy relationship with your teens, solving problems and looking forward to the future with confidence.
They ran into your arms, wanted to go everywhere with you, dress like you and thought you were practically perfect in every way.
Deep down your teen still feels that way about you.
Well, some days it’s DEEP
But every child craves their parents approval. It’s biology. And psychology. You are the best possible parent for your teen and you’re going to get even better.
When my oldest son was 13 or so, I remember fantasizing about sending him to boarding school for a year.
He was a good kid, but I was completely unprepared for raising a teenager. One day, during a frustrating argument, I said to him, “I am so DONE with you.”
I’ll never forget the look of astonishment and pure pain on his face. I had always been the person he could count on to make him laugh, rides to soccer practice, help with school, amazing birthday parties, late night talks, the best brownies, book suggestions, and really… everything. If he couldn’t count on me to love him– even when he wasn’t at his best– who was left?
I realized I had to change and change quickly. A passionate learner, I dove into every book and program, studied brain development, sought out mentors and experts, prayed and meditated and spent hours upon hours listening to my kids and their friends. Along the way I created strong, happy relationships with my kids, learned how to solve problems and built a family culture that my kids adored.
With five sons and one daughter, we faced new challenges every few weeks. As the first parents of the digital age, we often found there weren’t many answers. Still, we continued to search for solutions. Our world is changing at a pace our grandparents couldn’t have imagined. As parents, WE MUST KEEP UP.
People noticed our success with our kids and asked for advice, but we didn’t feel truly qualified to coach other parents (more about that below) until we discovered The Life Coach School and learned advanced tools to solve any problem.
Friends, THESE ARE THE GOODS. WE’VE GOT SOLUTIONS!
I often think of myself of a stage crew personality. I really thrive behind the scenes, behind the camera, encouraging people to do their best and rejoicing in their victories. Stepping in front of the camera scares me; I’m only willing to do it because I care about you and your teens.
Here’s the middle of the story: I’ve been writing parenting articles for magazines, newspapers and blogs since 1998 and on my personal blog since 2007. One day I penned an article titled, ‘HOW TO RUIN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR TEENAGER.’ Overnight it was picked up by various news sources and become the top parenting story of 2017 on today.com. Another article I wrote that year, ‘ACT/SAT TIPS FROM A FAMILY WITH THREE PERFECT SCORES’ landed the #3 spot for the year.
Radio hosts and book publishers were suddenly interested in what I had to say. I spent 8 months outlining a book, and finally found a publisher. But when I sat down to write the book, I realized I didn’t know enough. Did I have fantastic stories? Oh yes. Did I have hundreds of ideas? Yes again. I knew how to raise my family, but I didn’t have the step-by-step strategies to help EVERY family. Now I do, and I CAN’T WAIT to share them with you.
and I know this picture looks ridiculous. But it cracks me up every time I look at it so I hope it will make you laugh too. As you might imagine, I’m obsessed with CrossFit and throwing weights around with my friends at the gym. If you really want to get me talking, ask about my kids, my wife or my favorite book about happiness and/or positive psychology. Or just start telling me about you. I want to know the story behind your tattoo or your new business venture.
You can find me at Rhodes Bake-N-Serv studying process improvement, hiking in the canyon or speeding down the ski hill. My kids call me the World’s Best Vegetable Eater, but I also make the World’s Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (note: I use more chocolate chips than oats or flour).
I’m the strict parent– but I think that comes with having five sons. I’m also the one who makes my kids laugh the most and you should stick with me if you want double scoop of ice cream. My dad is from Germany and my mom is from Denmark so I’m a first-generation American and passionate about the contributions immigrants and refugees make in our country. I believe in the infinite worth of every human being and I know God believes in you even if you don’t believe in Him.
I’m the kind of mom who drives through mud puddles, throws pumpkins off the roof and lets the kids move the ping-pong table into the kitchen for the summer. Despite (or probably, because of) my immaturity, my five sons and one daughter are happy, thriving, funny people. I’ll climb a mountain with you, jump into a freezing lake hand-in-hand or just sit with you while you cry.
Kindness is my favorite.
I have zero musical ability but I’m obsessed with music and buy new songs off iTunes every week and then I turn up the music LOUD. I’m left-handed and dyslexic and so proud of it—I think those are my superpowers and I believe YOU have superpowers too.
For the last 27 years I’ve been raising my six kids, writing articles about faith & parenting, photographing weddings and building several small businesses. Along the way I picked up videography, web development and ran twenty marathons. In 2013, I was named Utah’s Young Mother of the Year (yeah, that’s actually a thing– my kids love to tease me about it). There are no ordinary people on this planet and I believe we should treat every person as a child of God.