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Talking to Your Kids about your Past

What should your answer be when your teen asks you about your own past behavior?

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Parenting Your Teen Daughter

Tips on how to navigate the teen years without ruining your relationship with your daughter.

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Teen Girls & Anger

Be nice. How many times do girls hear that statement before the age of 18? Quite a bit I believe. The expectation of girls to be nice is asking them to ignore their emotions, to act in a way that will make others feel better with no guarantee that...

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Creating Quality Time with Your Teen

If you have a teen, you know that the clock is ticking on how much longer they will be under your roof and available to hang out with you anytime you want. Doesn’t if feel like only a few years ago that you were filling their sippy cup and planning play dates? Now here you are watching them...

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My Teen is Making Poor Choices. What do I do?

I was on the phone with one of my close friends. She was struggling with her teen daughter, Ella, who keeps making choices that are not in her best interest, choices that keep getting her in trouble at school and at home. My friend was at the end of her rope.

Ella’s...

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Online Learning: Tips & Tools for Girls with ADHD

 

Possible Benefits of Online Learning:

  • Being able to schedule schoolwork during the best time of day for optimal learning, often when medication is at its peak;
  • Students can adapt their pace if more or less time is required to absorb the lesson;
  • The ability to minimize disruptions and...
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Parenting Yourself During a Pandemic

Are you like me? Sometimes you feel weary from this situation we find ourselves in. Weary from the news, the constant change, the lack of normalcy (or what used to feel normal - like going to a restaurant or inviting friends over). Weary from wearing masks, staying six feet apart and feeling...

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How Fries & a Movie Helped My Relationship with My Teen

Have you ever noticed when you loosen up control and allow for a little more spontaneity and play, that things go better? Well, I have. 😊

Lately, my relationship with my teen has been prickly… him being impatient and snarky and me being demanding (in his eyes) and unhappy with his...

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Healthy Risk-Taking for Teens

Dan Siegel, in his book, Brainstorm, discusses the adolescent’s brains need for new, novel, exciting experiences, i.e. risk taking. Teen’s brains downplay the risk and tend to see only the reward of the risky choice.  If our teens have to push back against the...

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When She is Difficult

Remember back to when she was little and you asked her to brush her teeth, and she did it (at least most of the time) without incident? Now that she is a tween or a teen, you may encounter more resistance to routine requests. You may even find the push-back exhausting. How can you...

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