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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. šŸ˜Š

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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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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Iā€™m Proud of You

Did your parents tell you that they were proud of you when you were growing up? Mine didn’t. In hindsight, I think they were proud of me and thought that I knew that so there was no need to say it. You know what? I didn’t know. I did need to hear it. I believe our kids need to hear it...

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Helping Her with Friendship Pitfalls

Now that the school year is in full swing, you may notice that your daughter is already have some friendship issues. Whether it’s getting caught in the middle, having your BFF suddenly ignore you or not getting invited to the movie, your daughter might be feeling the ground shifting under...

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Increase the Harmony with Your Daughter

Are you tired of feeling like a nag? Reduce the power struggles by:

  1. Zipping it. Ask yourself, how important is this to me? Is this something I could let go of? Could I save my breath for something that is a bigger deal to me? If so, zip it. I say that with...
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Help Your Daughter Gain Some Peace

I’d like to speak about serenity. Who could use more? I could! As a parent life can seem crazy busy. The girls I work with certainly echo this sentiment – not enough sleep, too much homework, not enough time for friends or to just hang out. How can you be a calming presence? How can...

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Girls & Alcohol

At some point in your daughter’s middle school or high school career, she may encounter alcohol. You need to know as much as you can so that you can educate her on her potential choices.

Although 10% of parents believe their teens drank alcohol in the past year, the truth is that 19%...

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Rise in Perfectionism Among Girls & Parents

High achieving. Ambitious. Hard on herself. Does that sound like your daughter…or you? 

The push for perfection is stronger than it’s ever been, from the drive to be flawless in school, on the field or in relationships with peers and adults to their carefully-curated online...

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Slow-Tech Family

A common lament I hear from parents I work with is that there is less and less quality time spent with their girls as they grow up. In between school, work, homework, activities and friends, it’s difficult to carve out time to hang out as a family. Complicating the issue further is...

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How to Talk About Drugs/Alcohol

For some teens alcohol and/or drugs are just a normal part of their weekends. As parents, we don’t want to be in denial about this, and we don’t want to be over controlling in this area. Maybe you have already seen that trying to over control your teen daughter is ineffective....

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