Category Archives: Improving Communication

Six Signs Of Teenage Drug Use You May Be Missing

Do you ever ask this question? Will my teen abuse or–even worse–become addicted to drugs or alcohol? Be prepared to spot the six signs your teen may be using drugs by listening to the audio discussion below.               Audio of Six Signs Your Teen May Be Using Drugs I recorded this discussion with my colleague,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

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

Quality Time, Quality Talk

“My parents don’t get me.” Hands down, this is the most common complaint I hear from teens. Teens have a deep yearning to be understood by their parent. With all of life’s demands on each member of the household, both quality time and quality talk can easily slip through the cracks, leading to a lackContinue Reading