individuating
adolescence / family life / parenting

individuating

A modern word from the adolescent counseling world. That growing sense of self, apart from the parent, that adolescents or teenagers, grow into as they become independent from┬átheir parents. Or as we often receive it from our teens: “You’re not the boss of me!” Darlene Unrah gave a super helpful lowdown on engaging the mental … Continue reading

socialization

the “S” word and other social unpleasantries I learned by grade 6

She passed me a note at her Art class: “you’re embarassing me”. When did I get to the age of embarassing my kids? What had I done anyway? I introduced myself to the new and uncomfortable┬áseven year old girl sitting next to my daughter. I was trying to put her at ease. Curiously, just before … Continue reading