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Summer Sadness + Teens

“Ever since school let out, my 14 year-old has been moody, down, grumpy, isn’t sleeping and doesn’t seem to want to do anything. I don’t understand. It’s like this ever year. Isn’t summer supposed to be a time of fun and happiness? Is there something w …

3 Things to Do Today if Your Child is Being Bullied

3 Things to Do Today if Your Tween or Teen is BulliedBullying: it is a top worry in every town and every school. For many tweens and teens, the worry has turned into a reality which can leave them feeling discouraged and hopeless.Those feelings of hope …

With Intention

With IntentionToday, I did something that I hadn’t done in quite a long time.I moved. With intention.I sat. With intention.I ate. With intention.I watched. With intentionI wrote. With intention.I listened. With intention.I parented. With intention.Toda …

5 Ways for Parents to Stop Suffering from “I’m Too Busy!”

5 Ways for Parents to Stop Suffering from “I’m Too Busy!”The other day, I was racing to get my kids to school on time and proclaimed, “Geez, we are so busy this week!” My son replied, “Um, Mom, when are we not busy? It’s the story of our life.” Yikes. …

Six Ways Parents Can Help Their Tween or Teen Post Election

Six Ways Parents Can Help Their Tween or Teen Post ElectionPost election day, I woke with a heavy heart. It wasn’t just the announcement of a new president that I didn’t choose that filled me with sorrow. It was the announcement that a transgender boy …

What to Do if you think your Tween-to-Teen is Depressed

“My 12YO daughter seems so down. What should I do?” You are drawn in by the playful personality, the mischievous gleam in the eye, the witty and sometimes warped sense of humor humor and the smile …oh, that spirited smile. These are the characteristics …

Do You Know How to Choose the Right Therapist?

When I was 15, my mom took me to see a counselor. She thought that I needed someone to talk with since I had been, let’s call it acting out, after she and my dad divorced. She chose a therapist who was also a teacher at my high school  I was reluctant, …

5 Ways to Talk to your Tween-to-Teen about Violence

“12 Killed, 50 Wounded at movie theater…    School shooting, several wounded…  An attack on our capitol… What do I tell my 11-year-old about all these tragedies we hear about?” Far too often, these are the headlines that confront you. It makes your hea …

How to Find your Happy

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to play Mad Libs. If you aren’t familiar, Mad Libs is a word template game that prompts you to substitute words in the story resulting a humorous and very silly tale, like this: “One day, a ___ …

Parenting can feel downright terrifying when you don't know what’s going on with your tween or teen.