Why is my Teen pulling away?

Understanding Teen Depression Why is your teen pulling away? It is a question many parents ask me.  I can totally understand their concerns because there are many reasons why your teen could be pulling away, one being the normal process of separation, the rest being possible drug use, depression or just working through their own stuff. If it is drugs, usually other things are going on in their lives as well.  Signs to look for are declining interest in activities your teen use to enjoyed, declining school grades, and radical mood swings that...

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Improving Teen Confidence: Four Scary Dangers of Low Self-Esteem

Teen Self-Esteem and Confidence Strong self-esteem is a highly coveted trait. We all recognize someone who has it, whether it be something about the way they walk, a sense of strength in their voice or their ability to maintain eye contact. However, these days, most of us don’t have a good sense of self-esteem, and for a lot of us, that lacking sense of self-worth began during our teenage years. Teenage girls with low self-esteem go on to become grown women with low self-esteem, which can lead to failures at jobs, attracting negative...

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Five Tips to Help Keep Teenage Stress at a Minimum

Understanding Teen Stress Life is stressful at any age, but it can be especially hard on teenagers. Not only does schoolwork become significantly more challenging after entering high school, but teens are also experiencing massive physical and hormonal changes that can affect their bodies and minds. During this turbulent time of development, it’s important to help your daughter keep her stress levels down. 1. Help Set Priorities Falling behind on schoolwork is one major source of teenage stress. Help your daughter avoid this by teaching...

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Teen Eating Disorders – Orthorexia

Teen Eating Disorders As the United States continues to make headlines for its soaring obesity rates, a lot of people are looking for ways to clean up their diet, detoxify their bodies and seek more vibrant health. This is a wonderful thing in itself, but it can have negative consequences when the focus on healthy eating becomes more of an obsession than a lifestyle. Orthorexia Nervosa and How it Develops Orthorexia is described as an unhealthy obsession with eating only the purest of foods. The definition of “pure” depends on the...

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A Mother’s Influence: Is Your Negative Body Image Affecting Your Daughter?

The Negative Body Image It doesn’t take long for girls to begin learning that society expects them to look a certain way. From a very young age, most girls are exposed to television and movies that display nothing but women with gorgeous looks, and when less-than-perfect women are displayed, they are usually a funny sidekick and not the princess who gets to live happily ever after. Over time, these negative messages work their way into a young woman’s brain, creating a constant state of worry over her physical appearance. If left...

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Supporting Your Daughter’s Career Dreams

Realistic Dreams Every mother wants to see her little girl grow up and become successful. In fact, having your daughter accomplish her dreams is perhaps your number-one goal as a parent. It’s easy to support a career dream with a clear path, such as a doctor, lawyer or veterinarian. However, when your daughter comes to you with dreams of becoming a famous actress, musician or artist, you might find yourself feeling doubtful that these hopes could ever come true. How do you support your daughter’s big dreams without feeling like...

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