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Who else wants to use their time to actually feel better?

Screen Time Counseling Families

Who else wants to use their time to actually feel better? Technology is making everyone frustrated. 40 hours is about enough work for most of us for the week, right? Can you guess the average amount of screen time for ages 8 to 18? [caption id="attachment_994" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Busying themselves on their phone to avoid awkward social interactions is the norm...[ read more ]

Why You Should Let Your Preteen Talk Back

Why You Should Let Your Preteen Talk Back Nothing makes nostrils flare and lips purse up quite like the "talk back". It can take a calm, cool and collected dad to red faced, bulging veins and a firm but tight jawed, "JUST DO IT!" in 2 seconds flat. I remember feeling absolutely lost when my volleyball coach told me not to...[ read more ]

5 Lifelines When Communication Gets Messy With Your Preteen

[caption id="attachment_972" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Communication with teenagers is hard! Talking louder doesn't fix it.[/caption] What to do When Communication Gets Messy Get on the same page Teaching your child expectations for communication is important. Go to family therapy with your teen to learn together a strategy for communicating. Define your why Identify why you want to communicate- you want to...[ read more ]

5 Things Every Preteen Needs to Succeed

[caption id="attachment_966" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Physical play with your preteen helps keep your attachment bond strong. (And release some frustration!!)[/caption] 5 Things Every Teen Needs to Succeed 1. Every preteen needs recognition.  Feeling ignored and invisible is a huge black hole for the preteen. Their wanting to excel in something, wanting to stand out, wanting you to take notice is a desire...[ read more ]

Who Else Wants to Raise A Kid That Can Have Healthy Relationships?

[caption id="attachment_958" align="aligncenter" width="750"] You set boundaries and they break through them to run to the sunset. Mend the fences and keep on keeping on.[/caption] Who Else Wants to Raise A Kid That Can Have Healthy Relationships? OH NO! The parent that has abdicated the throne. This comes up with teenagers who have entered highschool. Or even 13 year olds...[ read more ]

You Don’t Need to Have it All Together to Make Things Better for Your Kids

You Don't Need to Have it All Together to Make Things Better for Your Kids [caption id="attachment_953" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Sometimes Kids are Like Cacti- Can't Touch This![/caption] Praise Praise them, they said. It will be easy, they said.   Our kids hear a lot of things during the day that are not exactly uplifting. If you are ahead of the...[ read more ]

8 Things Not to Miss With Your Preteen

Families of Teenagers Parenting Counseling

8 Things Not to Miss With Your Preteen [caption id="attachment_934" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Read on about how to stay focused during ages 11-14![/caption]   1. They want to be with you (sometimes) : They appreciate that you have money- but don’t (yet) want to take your money and run off with their friends. They want to go explore and do things...[ read more ]

12 Early Signs of Phone Addiction in Your Teenager

Screen Time Addiction Counseling

Do you recognize these 12 early warning signs of Smartphone addiction in YOUR teen? [caption id="attachment_941" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Worried that your son or daughter is addicted to their screen time?[/caption]   Ask your teen to agree or disagree to these statements.   1. The first thing I reach for after waking in the morning is my smartphone.   2. I...[ read more ]

Who Else Wants a Teenager With Strong Self Esteem?

Who Else Wants a Teenager With Strong Self Esteem? [caption id="attachment_945" align="aligncenter" width="750"] A teen who knows themselves is such a delight![/caption]   1. Understand "Identity Formation versus Role Confusion". This is the stage of development for ages 13-18.   2. Your teenager is not a mini-me. Reality is that your teenager is a person with their own ideas and...[ read more ]

Parent Your Teen Like a Pro

Parent Your Teen Like a Pro Developmental Tasks of Teens "What's my focus here? What's the end goal?" You ask as you look at your pre teen or large use-to-be five year old. Since you asked! The end goal is for them to develop a self profile. The main developmental task is to know who they are and trust themselves. How do...[ read more ]



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