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August 19, 2015
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Get Your Teen Talking

By Alaina Chatterly The words that come out of your teen’s mouth are far more powerful than the words that go into their ears. For one thing, words coming out of their mouth are also heard by their ears. So anything you can get them to realize and say aloud will stick with them twice as long (or more) than something you have simply told them is important. What do I mean by this vague statement? Well, we have so much to say to these teens. Time is limited with them, and we have wisdom and advice and dos/don’ts that […]
July 22, 2015
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Five Ways to Build Healthy Relationships with Your Teen

By Keven Downs LCSW 1-      Healthy communication is the foundation of healthy relationships.  Healthy communication can be an investment for the future. You can choose to be right or to have a successful relationship; you can’t always have both. Many people argue to be right about something. Listening is a crucial skill. Empathic listening is where the listener validates and really seeks to understand what the other is saying.  Oftentimes we are waiting for the other person to be quiet so we can state our position. One important factor in communicating with teens is that they are still forming their […]
July 8, 2015
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Cutting and What it Means

By George As a parent or caregiver, it’s very scary and unnerving when you find out your child has been cutting. One father said, “I was weirded out. Why would someone do that to themself? I was afraid she was trying to commit suicide.” It can make you feel powerless, confused and even angry. Some things that may help:   Your child is not attempting suicide when he is cutting. The reason why a child cuts or burns himself (also called self harming) can vary. “I do it because I feel numb all the time and it makes me feel […]

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