Entries by Lisa Smith

6 Ways to Raise Awesome Teenagers

Really, the first thing that I will tell you is to disbelieve the myth that teenagers are sullen, angry creatures who slam doors and hate their parents. Some do that (that’s when parents call me), but the overwhelming majority do not.  I’ve worked with thousands of teens so I can testify to this.  Expect more from your […]

Why Is It Hard to Forgive

Every single one of us has had to consider the idea of forgiveness yet it is one of the trickiest subjects to navigate and get our heads around.  What is forgiveness and why can it be so hard to forgive? Most of us assume that if we forgive our offenders, they are let off the hook […]

Fun Facts About Moms

Motherhood is amazing, challenging, beautiful, inspiring, difficult and… hilarious.  Take a look at the cutest and funniest thing you may see leading up to this Mother’s Day. The Glamour of Motherhood… or Not Many mothers are amazing.  We all know that.  They are the source of life for every human being that has ever walked […]

Go Deeper Not Wider

We’re in a friendship crisis. Three quarters of Americans are not truly satisfied with their friendships. Paradoxically, in an age of Facebook and always-on connections, a growing body of research is proving what many of us already feel deep in our gut: we’re actually lonelier and more isolated than ever before.  How can this be? Harvard […]

Our 7 Day Challenge

We’ve all done it and it’s been done to all of us.  It goes something like this: you’re talking with a friend or family member and you tell them about something that is stressful, disappointing or upsetting.  They respond by telling you how equally, or more so, they are stressed, disappointed or upset about something in their […]

Parenting Exaggerated

Lisa Smith is the expert guest on Answers for the Family.  She discusses the growing challenge of overprotective parents, the disservice it is to teens and children and how to take a more balanced approach within the family.

Growing Pains at 39

Growing Pains at 39 I remember being around 10 years old and my legs were aching like nothing I had ever experienced before.  As I cried from the pain my parents explained to me that I was enduring something called growing pains.  It was excruciating.  Thankfully, the pains subsided pretty quickly… and as you can […]