From parenting challenges to helping other parents…

August, 2018

August, 2018


My name is Kim Muench, I am the founder of Real Life Parent Guide, and I am passionate about helping parents of adolescents!

In May of 2008, I went through the greatest parenting challenge of my life.  The eldest of my five children called me from across the country to say he was in trouble...he was failing classes, about to lose his job, and his use of alcohol was out of control. At the time he was twenty years old.

When I answered his call for help, I didn't waste time wondering how it had happened or ask myself, “Why me?!”  I knew the way I had parented, and was parenting, was a contributing factor to the life threatening situation he was in and one that I could no longer deny.

During his spiral through darkness, I worked with my son to help him find long term sobriety by supporting and encouraging him, but never doing for him what he could do for himself.  It wasn’t easy, all the while my energy and focus was on discovering and understanding where things between he and I, actually myself and all of my children, could be different/better/healthier/more connected.

I knew any change in our relationship started with me.  And, to this day, it continues with me. So I began to educate myself and practice parenting in a completely different light. My son is now almost nine years sober.

Our Family, Summer 2018

Our Family, Summer 2018

In my journey to redefine my role as a mom who would guide, instead of trying to control my kids choices and behavior, one who would work hand-in-hand with them instead of trying to dominate the relationship, I was led to research dozens of parenting, self-discovery, and personal growth books and courses.  It prompted me to return to college to finish a degree in psychology, and it led me to an internship where my greatest responsibility was supporting and encouraging other parents who had teens in outpatient addiction treatment. In addition, my path led me to spend a year writing and publishing a memoir about my experience as a mother with a child in the throes of addiction.

Ultimately, my journey prompted me to pursue a certification in parent coaching through the Jai Institute for Parenting because I believe the quality of the relationship between ourselves and our children is the essence of what it will take to create positive change in the world, not only during our lifetime, but for future generations as well.

Everything our kids learn and experience starts at home with us.  However, our children are our greatest teachers  Dr. Shefali Tsabary said this in her book The Conscious Parent, which was the ultimate catalyst for my becoming passionate about helping other parents work toward stronger, healthier connections with themselves and with their children.

I call myself a real life parent guide because I have a very down-to-earth approach to balancing kids needs, parents desires, and keeping what our culture tells us about how our family life "should look" in check. When you are ready, I can help you find what I have found with my own kids...peace, mutual trust and respect, playfulness, camaraderie, and above all else...unconditional love and acceptance.

My kids, who are now in middle school/high school/college/grown and flown, have taught me about where I needed to grow as a mom, and about the importance of having faith, calm, courage, patience, and grace incorporated into my parenting.

Work with me to find peace in your home too!


Interviews & Podcasts

I have been blessed to be able to talk about my passion (helping parents develop healthier, more functional, therefore happier relationships with their adolescents) through radio, newspaper, and podcasts. I have a monthly column in Denton County's The Crosstimbers Gazette called "Something to Muench on". Click to read some of my thoughts on building community!

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Kim’s Favorites

Are you looking for a great parenting or self-development book, or a terrific parenting podcast?   Listed below are a few of my favorite resources to offer parents as trusted resources.

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary's book The Conscious Parent had a huge impact on me and my overall concept of intentional parenting. I look to Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Laurence Steinberg for information on the adolescent brain, other books that have made an impact along my parenting journey include Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure and Julie Lythcott-Haims best-seller How to Raise an Adult. A new favorite is Leonard Sax, MD PhD’s The Collapse of Parenting How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown Ups.

personal emotional & spiritual growth

Everything by Dr. Brene Brown has had a direct impact on my life and I strongly recommend her work around emotions and vulnerability. On a spiritual note, a few years ago I was gifted the opportunity to see Neale Donald Walsch speak and his books, including the Conversations with God series, have profoundly shifted the way I view life. In addition, check out Eckert Tolle, Tama Kieves, Dr. Harriet Lerner, and Gabrielle Bernstein to help you discover your truth.


As far as podcasts go, my favorite ones that specifically involve parenting teenagers are...Joyful Courage with Casey O'RoartyWhat Were You Thinking? by Dina Temple Raston, and Mighty Parenting.

Do you have a favorite parenting or self-development book or podcast?  I am always looking for suggestions, please share your favorites with me