Four Ways to Connect with Your Teenager

Four Ways to Connect with Your Teenager   Some of the relationships I’ve developed with teens over the years as a recreation therapist have been very meaningful. Building relationships is not easy, nor does it happen quickly; it takes time and effort to create healthy meaningful rel ...

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Business-like Consequences For Teenagers

Business-like Consequences For Teenagers How do you discipline a teenager?  What consequences are most likely to be effective with a teen? The answer may be different than you expect. Let’s imagine it’s you who needs a consequence.  Picture this:  You messed up at work.  Pretend you ...

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Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 2/2

Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 2/2 Human empathy exposes us to a range of vulnerabilities that tend to physically and mentally break us down into parenting mush!  We lose our effectiveness, our parenting moxie, the belief that we should be better than we have become.  And the eviden ...

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Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 1

Parental Guilt and Compassion Fatigue: Part 1 Let’s just clear the table of the thanksgiving turkey and agree, all parents who remove their children from the home to residential care are empathetic !  Even if your teen has scolded you into believing otherwise. Because of your great capacity t ...

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Let Them Make Mistakes

Let Them Make Mistakes By Alaina I’d love to shelter my children from heartache, struggle and pain. Having been down the road they are now traveling, surely I can steer them around many of the potholes and roadblocks, making their journey much easier. After all, I can se ...

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Control is Gone, but Influence Remains

Control is Gone, but Influence Remains By George Ballew Remember the days when your child would listen to you? When that sweet child develops into a teenager, we see our hold on them slip. They are slowly turning into adults which means greater independency, autonomy and privacy. It’s a ...

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Get Your Teen Talking

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 ...

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