Posts by csomers

How to Stop Fighting About Grades and Homework

School is often a hot topic between parents and teenagers.  We know our teens need and want more independence, but we also know that school is important and they need to stay on track.  For some families, this leads to lots of tension and fighting.  And if your teenager is doing school from home this…

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Are you ready for Middle School?

 Yes, middle school may be a time full of awkwardness and self-doubt, but it is also a time of incredible transformation and movement toward independence. With regard to its impact on human development, this period of life is second only to the period from infancy to age three. Think about that for a minute. Remember how much…

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Is it anxiety or just back-to-school jitters?

By Cheryl Somers, MA, LPC The summer flew by and now suddenly it’s August!  Which means it’s time for your teen to head back to school.  Going back to school can bring all kinds of reactions, from excitement about seeing friends, to dread about waking up early, to denial that it’s happening at all. Most…

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3 Questions your Teenage Daughter Wants to Ask You

“Are you and your mom close?” That’s a question that always comes up in my work with teenage girls. Can you guess what they tell me? It isn’t what you think. They don’t say she drives me crazy or she’s so annoying. You know what they say? When asked whether they are close with their…

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