The Family Couch

3 Strategies That Set The Foundation For “The Sex Talk”

When it comes to talking about sex, parents can either be ready or not. You can either feel prepared with facts and understanding or you can feel anxious hoping that your child doesn't ever ask about it! But no matter where you fall on the spectrum of giving "The Sex Talk," there are some foundational strategies that you can use...[ read more ]

[Guest Post] When Your Child Comes Out As Transgender

Guest Post by Susan Berland Having your child come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual brings up a lot of issues for parents. We worry about their lives and their happiness. We worry about their safety. Some of us worry about what people will say or think – even think of us as parents. When a child comes out as...[ read more ]

Effectively Guiding Your Child Through Peer Relationships

Peer relationships can be a source of negative and positive influence for your child! Once peers become a part of their decision making process, it can feel increasingly difficult to get them to listen to you and the advice you're giving them about life! In this video, I'll show you 5 ways that you can guide your child through peer...[ read more ]

Homework Time: 6 Tips To Reduce The Stress For You and Your Child

Homework time can be stressful on your family. Even if your child excels academically, there will still be times when the tradition of coming home and doing homework becomes a burden for you and your child. But, it doesn't have to be. Check out the video for 6 tips that can help you reduce the stress around homework time. Here...[ read more ]

2 Ways To Manage Frustration: For You & Your Child

We all get frustrated at times. And, that's okay! But, how we learn to be aware of the frustration is an important key to managing that frustration! One major issue is that we don't actually know what to do when we are frustrated. We feel overwhelmed with emotions and we feel as if we will burst and explode! Our children...[ read more ]

5 Ways To Enhance Siblings Relationships

After we learned how to cope with conflicts between siblings, we can now look at how to enhance the relationship between siblings. Check out the video to hear what 5 things you can do to help your siblings connect. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here. Read more about The Identity of Siblings.

How To Reduce Sibling Conflict

One of the questions I get more than any other is: "How do I stop my children from fighting each other?" Well, I have the answer. Check it out below in this video! This is part 1. And, here's Part 2. Also, be sure to check out The Identity of Siblings post to read more on how to help your...[ read more ]

[Guest Post] When Your Child Comes Out As Bisexual

Guest Post by Susan Berland Many parents react with confusion when their child tells them they’re bisexual. Some might even ask, (out loud or to themselves) “Is that even real?” There is a lot of misconception about what bisexuality is. Some people doubt it even exists and many parents think (or maybe hope!) it’s merely a phase their child is...[ read more ]

Challenge Yourself!

"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do it reach for it myself." ~Joyce Maynard What happens when we challenge ourselves? That...[ read more ]

My Favorite Four Letter Word

While at a networking event for woman entrepreneurs one woman got up to talk about her journey as an entrepreneur and how it felt to conquer the ebbs and flows of her business. She ended her testimony about the power of networking and supporting others by saying that her favorite four letter word was hope! And when she said that,...[ read more ]