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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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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 having some friendship issues. Whether it’s getting caught in the middle, having your BFF suddenly ignore you or not getting invited to a get together, your daughter might be feeling the ground shifting...

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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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