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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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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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How to Handle Her Big, Ever-changing Emotions

How do you handle the roller coaster ride of rapidly changing reactions of your adolescent daughter? When she is rolling her eyes, slamming her door, stomping out of the room, speaking with sarcasm or disdain, sobbing one minute, fine the next… what do you do with all that emotion? Your go...

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Bad Moods, Complaining, Negativity: How to Help Her Shift

I’ve had so many parents over the years talk to me about their daughter who tends to be negative or sees the glass as half empty. She complains a lot or has a hard time getting out of a bad mood. This is so common. I was recently talking to a coaching parent client, and I told her about a...

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Girls Hiding Themselves: Not letting others in

I’ve had a few clients lately that are experiencing sadness, loneliness and a lack of friendships. These girls were unaware that their sadness and loneliness was caused by a lack of connection with peers. Each client had trouble showing her peers who she is… what she thinks, what she...

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When Teens are Afraid to Let Love In

What an amazing coaching session I had with one of my teen girls who recently went off to college. She’s a few months into her first full-fledged romantic relationship. He said I love you. She said she’s falling in love. She came to me with some fears of not letting herself go all the...

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When Your Teen Hates You

Recently, I received an email with the subject line, “I hate you”. Hmmm, I wonder who this could be from? Surprise! It was from my teenager.

Actually, I wasn’t surprised when I saw that email. Thirty minutes before, I told my son that we were considering getting him a tutor...

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Is My Daughter Sad or Depressed?

This can be a tricky one because we often use the word depressed when we are feeling sad. So, we know that sadness is a “normal,” healthy emotion and we want our girls to get comfortable feeling it. We want to encourage them to take a break from doing and allow...

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