The Buddy Child

A friend of ours named Leanne told us she wanted to have a baby because she moved to a new town and needed a buddy. Leanne is a great mom. Her daughter, who is now eight, knows that her mom is her mom and not just her buddy but some girls don't. We see parents who would rather be liked by their daughter than respected. These are the parents who tell their teenage daughters of their own wild days in high school. They share their personal lives like they are roommates rather than mothers or...

The Four Stages Of Development

Development has been defined as the bringing out of all that is potentially contained within. And whether your daughter is two, twelve, or twenty, what is contained within her ranges from wonderful to, at times, pretty nasty. And it is completely normal to feel, at times, like someone has stolen the daughter you enjoyed five minutes ago and replaced her with a fire-breathing dragon with the same eyes. In those moments you ask yourself, What's going on Part One answers that question. In this...