Are You Reacting To Your Teen?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Relationships, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Listen to me, don’t talk back, what’s the matter with you? You’re grounded” Who is this Mother talking to? It appears that she is talking to her daughter, but her daughter is clearly not there. Her daughter is so shut down that she is no longer able to hear what her mother is saying. I felt like my parents didn’t see me, couldn’t see me, because of their own wounds that they had not worked through. Now, I don’t blame them, I know they did the best they could. All I am saying is that because they were unable to do their inner work, they were...

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Advice for Teens: Passing the Permit Test

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re a teen who is about to take the permit test, you probably have a lot of anxiety over failing. No one wants to go through that sort of disappointment, and the only way to protect yourself against it is to seek advice for teens on passing the test. Why do Teens Fail the Permit Test? Almost half of teens who take the test fail on their first try. There are both simple and complex reasons for this. The simple reason is that the test is very challenging! Driving is a big responsibility, and the test needs to be challenging in order to...

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Teen Plastic Surgery

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Body Image, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Teen plastic surgery is on the rise. Parents are giving teen plastic surgery for graduation and Christmas gifts and I’m wondering what message is this sending to our teens?  Even within my own circle of friends, plastic surgery comes up quite a bit. Maybe a little Botox here, a little there and usually I always say “I’m working hard on feeling good about myself just the way I am” and if I get surgery it says something is wrong with me. I work very hard everyday to help teens and young women have an understanding that...

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Eating Disorder Misconceptions: Do You Know the Truth?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Body Image, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In this day and age, most parents are aware of how prevalent eating disorders are in the teenage population. Unfortunately, the “it won’t happen to my kid” mentality is common, and it’s easy for parents to assume things are fine if their kids don’t present any obvious symptoms. If you’re a concerned parent, you should take some time to learn about the realities of eating disorders. Misconception Number One: Eating Disorders Only Happen to Girls While it’s true that more females have eating disorders than males, statistics from the National...

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Being A Supportive Parent

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in parenting, Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to parent your teenager so she feels supported and not controlled Is this possible? This is such a fine line, isn’t it? As parents we want to help our teens make good decisions, by not making decisions for them. If they keep making bad decisions, we have to step in and talk to them about it.  If they want to manage their own lives, they have to step up to the plate and do it. I often hear from teens that they want their parent to stop controlling them. When I ask what this means or in what ways are they feel controlled,  usually...

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Teen Advice: For Your Lazy Teen This Summer

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer is right around the corner and some teens are starting to think about jobs that will suit them. Some are in deep contemplation while others are thinking about relaxing for the summer, playing video games and just having fun. As a parent you’re saying “have fun on who’s money”?  Maybe there is a happy medium. A part time job is a good balance because teens can still have fun, and have the money to have fun. When I look at the typical job for teens today like fast food restaurant, I think no wonder teens don’t want to...

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Teen Dating in the Digital Age: Are We Losing Communication Skills?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Relationships, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Communication is an important factor in any healthy relationship, but these days, it seems that our ability to communicate has begun to fall by the wayside. Teen dating relationships were once built slowly, fueled by in-person conversations and naturally developing chemistry. In the modern age, communication has become a friend request, an abbreviated text, a “like” on a picture or a 10 second Snapchat. How can teens expect to find a healthy connection with so many barriers standing in their way? The Nuances of Communication: How Texting...

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Teen Sexuality

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in parenting, Sexuality, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Teen Sexuality Parents, this is one we will all face eventually sooner or later: Teen sexuality, what do we do about it?? I’ve written more on the topic before: Supporting Your Teen in Sexual Exploration. But I would like to talk about this: Letting the College Kids Sleep Together,  a particular topic for the moment. I must stress that this is a tough subject and both sides are easily understandable: Your teen is now an adult, she’s exploring her sexuality, she wants to assert herself and establish that she no longer wants to be...

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Stress in Teens

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Stress in teens can do quite a bit of harm to your body and your emotional health. Work on keeping your stress levels low. One way of keeping your stress levels down is by taking care of business. Don’t let things pile up.” I was Mentoring a 14-year-old the other day and the main topic was the stress she had last year, due to her bad grades.  When we got to the root of the problem, it was because she would leave her homework to the last minute and then the anxiety was so bad at that point, that she couldn’t even complete...

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Teen Issues and Boundaries: How Parents can Help

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

No matter how well behaved your child might be, it’s safe to say that he or she is suffering from some typical teen issues. We can’t expect our kids to understand appropriate behavior on their own. Their brains are still developing, and they haven’t yet had enough life experiences to demonstrate the importance of healthy boundaries. It’s up to us to teach our kids how to behave appropriately by praising positive behavior and putting a stop to negative behavior. What are Some Ways that Teens Test Their Boundaries? As you probably already know,...

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