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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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When She Holds on too Tightly to her Friendships

Have you noticed when you hold on too tightly to someone they tend to distance or pull away? This is a concept that many teen girls haven’t quite learned yet. This behavior is driven by fear. Fear of losing someone you don’t want to lose. Fear of being alone. Fear of not belonging....

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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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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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Teens and the Holidays

Are your teenagers acting like they are too old for your holiday traditions? Are you met with sighs and eye rolls when you mention holiday lights and gingerbread houses? Traditions are important for our sense of belonging. Maybe it is a time for an update…

  • Think outside the box. What...
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