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Risky doesn't mean Reckless: The Upside of Teen Risk-Taking

Risky Doesn’t Mean Reckless: The Upside of Teen Risk-Taking   The image of a reckless, impulsive teenager making terrible, dangerous decisions has become so embedded in our culture that we tend to take it as a given. Parents approach the teen years already expecting the worst and filling their toolboxes with lessons and lectures to…

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Punishments vs. Consequences: Teach Your Teen the Difference

  Punishments vs. Consequences: Teach Your Teen the Difference   When I work with parents of teenagers, our conversations inevitably turn toward discipline. “How do get my teen to follow the rules?” “My teen won’t clean up after himself. What should I do?” “Nothing I do seems to have any effect on her!” Discipline with…

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From Toddlers to Teens — Craving Connection

Would you be shocked if I told you that teens are craving connection with their parents? Most parents I work with are under the impression that their teens are pushing them away, craving independence and wanting to be left alone. Some of that is true, of course, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. It…

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Beyond “thank you” — Teens and Gratitude

By Cheryl Somers, MA, LPC “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Gratitude. It is such a simple concept. Be grateful for what you have and show appreciation for others. Most people agree that being…

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