Posts Tagged ‘Parenting Teens’

4 Steps to De-Escalate Your Teen and Stop the Screaming Matches

De-Escalate Your Teen

“You’re not being fair!” “Just DO IT!” “I’m not a child anymore. Stop telling me what to do!” “If you’d act like an adult, I wouldn’t have to tell you what to do!” “Just leave me ALONE!!” The words are followed by a door slamming. — Sounds familiar? Do your “conversations” with your teenager all…

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Cutting to Cope: Understanding the Mechanism Behind Self-Injury

Cutting to Cope

Absentmindedly and unintentionally, you step into the bathroom to put up some freshly folded towels just as your daughter exits the shower. Her eyes widen. She quickly wraps the towel around herself. But you’ve already seen what she’s trying to conceal. – Scars and partially healed wounds. You freeze and stare at her, unsure about…

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10 Simple and Effective Ways to Motivate the Unmotivated

Motivate the Unmotivated

It’s staring at you. Looming over you like Mount Everest. That monumental task you know needs to get done, but that you’re completely unmotivated to tackle. You skirt around it. You try to ignore it. But it’s still there. Steadily bearing down on you, mocking you. You know the only way to get rid of…

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Teen OCD and PANDAS: Is There a Connection Between the Two?

Teen OCD and PANDAS

PANDAS—Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with cute black and white animals. To the contrary, it’s actually a scary condition that some have estimated affects 1 in 200 children. But what does it have to do with teen OCD? Understanding PANDAS PANDAS usually begins with a seemingly…

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Motivate Your Teen: Why Your Motives May Be the Problem

Motivate Your Teen

“My daughter isn’t responsible enough to keep her own room clean. How will she ever manage to take care of her own apartment?” “My son has yet to show himself dependable enough to consistently keep his curfew. How will he be able to maintain a job?” Have you ever struggled with concerns like these? As…

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