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Summer Break – “Inhalant Alert!”

July 1, 2016

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Summer Break – “Inhalant Alert!”

Oh those Lazy Days of Summer – your teenager’s Fantasy!  No more dragging your teen out of bed before the crack of dawn … just as he or she was getting that Second Wind for more ZZZZ’s.  No more slow-dragging through First and Second Period at school with only one eye open and one ear tuned in.  No more punitive homework, Mid-terms, irritating special projects and extra-curricular activities to prove your son or daughter has School Spirit!

FREEDOM … Thy name is “Summer Break!”

For parents who planned ahead and those who got hemmed in behind the 8 Ball, Summer Break can generate a whole new level of Stress … only slightly different from the school year.

Even if Mom and Dad planned well and plugged in events, activities and teen obligations for the entire summer … there will still be “down time” when teenagers aren’t supervised or overseen.  I call this “down time” the Black Hole of Unsettling Possibilities … where anything can happen.

Typical teenagers have rambunctious imaginations where they see themselves as invincible, Teflon, super heroes who can plow through Negative Consequences without a scratch.  Sound familiar?  When you blend all these elements together and plop them down in Summer Break, a little “Parental Anxiety” is appropriate. read more …

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It’s Official – You Are Parenting a Moody Teenager!

January 26, 2016

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It’s Official – You Are Parenting a Moody Teenager!

Everybody knows that hormones have a lot to do with rampant Teen Moodiness. It’s also true that the teen brain plays a major role in the mood swings, irritability, and the emotional Rollercoaster rides our sons and daughters take us on. In their defense, teenagers don’t always know when to expect their mood swings. Don’t freak out, but know this.  It’s Official – You Are Parenting a Moody Teenager!

Who Let Freddy Krueger in the House?

Teenage “Mood Swings” come with severe emotional climate changes. Imagine this: One minute it’s a warm sunny day and you’re having a lovely talk with your son … then BAMM! Freddy Krueger is in your face and you’re sucked into Nightmare on Elm Street.

There was no warning! There was no visible shift in your son’s attitude or temperament. You barely blinked … and your son did a psychic backflip. When he landed, both of you were up to your thighs in icy slush. He’s fine, but you can’t feel your legs! Wuz up with that! read more …

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Transforming the Parent-Teen Relationship!

January 11, 2016

“The Parental Grapevine!”

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 Transforming the Parent-Teen Relationship!

Are you fed up with your teenager? It’s a fair question. Ask yourself that question when it’s quiet and you can hear yourself think. Ask it when you’re frustrated and out of patience because your teenager has gotten on your Last Nerve. Ask the question when that Last Nerve is raw and exposed … and you conclude that you don’t have a clue about transforming your Parent-Teen relationship.

What is the answer that comes back to you? Be brutally honest in looking at the answer that creeps up on you. Perhaps you didn’t realize you were so angry with your child.

Don’t tell me you’ve never been there! Every parent, at some point in time during the teen years, has been there. I’d go so far as to declare that most parents have been there more than once over the length of time they spent raising their teenager. read more …

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Pump UP the Volume on Your Parent-Teen Relationship!

April 14, 2015

 “The Parental Grapevine!”

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Pump UP the Volume on Your Parent -Teen Relationship!

Most people don’t dance a jig or shake a tail feather when they realize they need to make some changes in their life. Some people would rather slit their wrist than try to change … even though they know making a change is the RIGHT thing to do. read more …

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