Oh, my beautiful daughters. There are 12 in all, and some of them have been brave enough to come on my show and have tough discussions. We "strip" down and collaboratively talk about the topics they have struggled with from the perspective of the child, where I jump in with my side of the same situation from the perspective of the parent. From suicide attempts, to drug and alcohol use, bullying and going through divorce - among others - these conversations are challenging. As much as I gave parenting my all, you hear their hurt from the past and I feel the sting of wanting to have been more. We put that aside to give other parents support in their struggles. No, you are not alone. Yes, we feel you and we want you to know your trial is not in vain. Thank you, my girls, for being willing to push through your fear and have real discussions. Thank you for being kind to me in that process and thank you listeners. Our goal is to bring you a little grace and a lot of joy in your parenting journey.



Stripping With My Daughters - The Things That Matter

Alana and I discuss traditions, chores, high/low, how to go out to eat with a large family, getting in trouble in school, sports and adventures, learning to fix things, learning to cook, getting hand me downs, asking for help when growing up, and taking care of your body. 

Stripping With My Daughters - Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

Alana and I discuss anxiety, depression and addiction. The struggles she had and how I handled it as a parent.

Stripping With My Daughters - Parenting Teens

Today Alana and I discuss parenting teens. As a parent, I was not permissive but not restrictive. I trusted my kids even when I knew they were lying. They knew they could always come to me, although I wasn't always the first choice. They really relied on each other - which I love. Not all of them choose to communicate with each other or me, which is really hard to watch and feel.  We talked about sex, drugs, sneaking out, alcohol at 16, and birth control among other things.

Stripping With My Daughters - Sex!

This is the all things sex conversation - rape, being bullied, self-esteem, the first time, what happens after that, exploring sexuality, being straight, lesbian, bisexual.


Stripping with my Daughters - Olivia - Moving, Divorce, A Shaved Head and Hating Baseball

Moving to Reno, her dad and I divorced, she had to make new friends over and over, experienced head lice and asked to have her head shaved (big mistake), and was on a baseball team - the only girl, with short hair, who hated baseball. We also discuss sibling dynamics, how much as a child she wanted to speak up but didn't think it would matter, protecting siblings, being introverted, giving away her "pretties", and always wanting to help the underdog. We discuss church, therapy, learning forgiveness, taking space, and how hard it sometimes is to have better relationships. 

Stripping With My Daughters, Kezia & Alana Talk About Their Suicide Attempts

Crisis Resources: https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awa... If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.