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Teen Stress

Is your teens stressed out? Would you recognize it if she was? Stress is now commonly recognized as one of the leading causes of physical and mental health issues for both adults and teens. For teens, life can be particularly stressful as they figure out how to manage academic expectations, relationships with friends and family,Continue Reading

Honoring Your Teen’s Boundaries


Have you noticed that your teen does not want to share everything about her personal life with you lately? This week, the topic is how to maintain a respectful relationship with your teen by being of aware of your teen’s new found sensitivities to boundaries. Your teen is officially in the stage of  life whereContinue Reading

It’s the Delivery, Not The Message – Part 2

 This week, we continue the conversation about how to develop a respectful response from your teen when setting limits. Does your teen disagree with your expectation that they have to follow your rules because you birthed, raised, and fed them? While I understand the reasoning behind your expectations, most teens do not. Maintaining a relationshipContinue Reading

It’s the Delivery, not the Message, that will determine your relationship with your teen.

Part 1 Parents often share with me that they don’t feel their teen respects them. Really frustrated parents will say, “I don’t know who my teen is. I don’t know where she learned to behave like that.” What I don’t say to those parents right away, but am thinking, is that respect is earned. In otherContinue Reading

Will your teen drink this holiday season?

It’s almost time for Holiday Cheer… While I don’t want to be a downer on this season of celebration, I do think its important to remind everyone that the holidays can be a time of increased alcohol or drug abuse for both adults and teens. The holidays are often stressful for families. Unfortunately, we areContinue Reading

Is Your Teen’s Cell Phone Use Driving You Nuts?

Remember the land line phone? There was usually one phone for the whole family. No one was allowed to use it for hours on end and it sat in the main room or the kitchen. These limits allowed family members more time to focus on other interests beyond their social life. Now nearly every teenContinue Reading

The Best Way to Protect Your Daughter

I hate to say it but you can not sheild your daughter from the sexualized media its impact on her self-image. The best protection you can offer her  is to teach her the skills of critical thought and personal reflection. Through these skills, she can develop an increased sense of self value. Your daughter willContinue Reading

Your Daughter’s Social Life Is Not Everything

Having a social life is very important to teens but it is an ephemeral, rapidly changing thing, often filled with drama. Teen girls are easily pulled into believing their ultimate value is based on where they stand in the pecking order of popular cliques. And the pressures of wanting to fit in might make yourContinue Reading

Tip the Balance: Positive Images for your Teen Girl

In order to tip the balance so that your daughter values her self beyond her image, you want to mitigate her exposure to targeted messages that tell her a young girl’s most valuable asset is her image. Images of unattainable female beauty are so prevalent they are practically the air young girls breathe. As aContinue Reading

Can you compete with the media’s message to your daughter?

Many teen girls today are more concerned with their looks than with their grades. As a result, parents are mystified as to where their daughter’s obsession with looking trendy and sexy is coming from. It’s really no mystery, however. The average teenager is exposed to over 10 hours of media a day via the internet,Continue Reading