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Push Reset on the Parent-Teen Relationship After High School
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 069 · Duration: 00:14:54 Push Reset on the Parent-Teen Relationship After High School If you’ve ...
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Corporate Culture and Mental Health
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 068 · Duration: 00:14:54 Corporate Culture and Mental Health Are you supported, challenged, and growing ...
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Am I Programmed for Parental Burnout
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 067 · Duration: 00:11:31 Am I Programmed for Parental Burnout? Are you trying to do ...
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How To Get The Moral Authority To Set Effective Limits
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 066 · Duration: 00:10:27 How To Get The Moral Authority To Set Effective Limits Many ...
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Q&A Helping Your Teenager Attend Counseling
Q&A: Helping Your Teenager Attend Counseling Last November, I republished one of my blog posts entitled "Help! I Can’t Get ...
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/ Teenagers
How Will My Irresponsible Son Be Successful In College
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 065 · Duration: 00:16:19 How Will My Irresponsible Son Be Successful In College? Many parents ...
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The Truth About Youth and Marijuana Today
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 064 · Duration: 00:42:50 The Truth About Youth and Marijuana Today The culture around marijuana ...
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Why Doesn’t My Brilliant Son Care
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 063 · Duration: 00:13:47 Why Doesn’t My Brilliant Son Care? It often happens that highly ...
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Are We Dumbing Down Our Expectations
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 062 · Duration: 00:17:17 Are We Dumbing Down Our Expectations? A lot of parents these ...
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Helpful Advice for Teenagers
Helpful Advice For Teenagers A few weeks ago, I asked my Facebook fans to share their advice for teenagers by ...
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My Failure to Launch Son
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 061 · Duration: 00:16:41 My Failure to Launch Son A lot of parents these days ...
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My Teen Daughter Doesn’t like to Socialize
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 060 · Duration: 00:13:18 My Teen Daughter Doesn’t like to Socialize Are you concerned that ...
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My Teen Daughter Says She Hates Me
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 059 · Duration: 00:13:41 My Teen Daughter Says She Hates Me Does your teen daughter ...
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The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 058 · Duration: 00:13:43 Should I Push My Anxious and Fragile Son To Try Harder? ...
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I'm Terrified That My Son Is Losing His Way
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 057 · Duration: 00:17:49 I’m Terrified That My Son Is Losing His Way What do ...
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Time to Switch from Consequences to Privileges
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 056 · Duration: 00:12:21 Time to Switch from Consequences to Privileges If you are in ...
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The Unique Challenges of Families In Transition
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 055 · Duration: 00:21:31 The Unique Challenges of Families In Transition Raising Children and Teenagers ...
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My Rude and Demanding Daughter
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 054 · Duration: 00:09:12 My Rude and Demanding Daughter When kids and parents get into ...
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Why Isn't My Son Happy?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 053 · Duration: 00:14:20 Why Isn't My Son Happy? Parents want their kids to be ...
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All Kids Have Passion — Yes, Even Yours!
Note: This blog post was originally published 06/07/16 and has been updated and republished on 02/07/18. All Kids Have Passion ...
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My Husband Undermines My Parenting
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 052 · Duration: 00:11:36 My Husband Undermines My Parenting It’s hard enough when you have ...
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Is My Son Addicted to Video Games?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 051 · Duration: 00:16:31 Is My Son Addicted to Video Games? Teenagers are playing video ...
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Will My Teenager Be A Successful Adult?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 050 · Duration: 00:09:55 Celebrating 50 episodes of the Healthy Family Connections Podcast! Thank you ...
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Teach Your Teenager How to Argue
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 049 · Duration: 00:13:22 Teach Your Teenager How to Argue Some teenagers can be pretty ...
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Choose The New Year’s Resolution That Won’t Fail
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 048 · Duration: 00:08:22 Choose The New Year’s Resolution That Won’t Fail Here we are ...
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Create a Successful Holiday Break with your Kids
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 047 · Duration: 00:11:04 Create a Successful Holiday Break with your Kids A client recently ...
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Are you dealing with a difficult kid as they enter adolescence? Are you feeling overwhelmed with the risk, responsibility and ...
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The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Episode 046 · Duration: 00:24:50 The 3 Stage Journey from Childhood to Adulthood It’s common to ...
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Kids Need Emotional Regulation Skills
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Episode 045 · Duration: 00:14:56 Kids Need Emotional Regulation Skills Many children and teens use computer ...
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How To Make Your Teen Apologize
Note: This blog post was originally published 09/20/16 and has been updated and republished on 11/22/17. Does Making Your Teenager ...
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/ Parenting
"Help! I Can’t Get My Troubled Teen to Go to Counseling!"
Note: This blog post was originally published 08/23/16 and has been updated and republished on 11/15/17. "Help! I Can’t Get ...
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/ Parenting
I’m Depressed Thinking About Thanksgiving
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: I’m Depressed Thinking About Thanksgiving Episode 044 · Duration: 00:11:32 I’m Depressed Thinking about Thanksgiving Keeping ...
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Our Daughter’s Anxiety is Running the Family
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Our Daughter’s Anxiety is Running the Family Episode 043 · Duration: 00:15:06 Our Daughter’s Anxiety is ...
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The Link Between Bullying, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Harassment
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: The Link Between Bullying, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Harassment Episode 042 · Duration: 00:12:55 The Link ...
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Bullying in Middle Schools Today
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Bullying in Middle Schools Today Episode 041 · Duration: 00:27:04 Bullying in Middle Schools Today Are ...
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I’m Talking, But Nobody’s Listening
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: I’m Talking, But Nobody’s Listening Episode 040 · Duration: 00:20:37 I’m Talking, But Nobody’s Listening Are ...
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Are My Kids Being Bullied?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Are My Kids Being Bullied? Episode 039 · Duration: 00:16:50 Are My Kids Being Bullied? October ...
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Sibling Relationships Matter
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Sibling Relationships Matter Episode 038 · Duration: 00:17:12 Sibling Relationships Matter In episode 38 of Healthy ...
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How To Transition From Surviving To Thriving
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How To Transition From Surviving To Thriving Episode 037 · Duration: 00:17:08 How To Transition From ...
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How To Achieve Emotional Intimacy by Meeting Emotional Needs
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How To Achieve Emotional Intimacy by Meeting Emotional Needs Episode 036 · Duration: 00:18:22 How To ...
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An Honest Look at the Cause & Effect of Parental Burnout
Note: This blog post was originally publish 08/09/16 and has been updated and republished on 09/06/17. An Honest Look at ...
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/ Parenting
Be Yourself, Save Your Family
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Be Yourself, Save Your Family Episode 035 · Duration: 00:12:58 Be Yourself, Save Your Family Are ...
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Is "Giving Up Too Easily" About Self-Confidence?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Is "Giving Up Too Easily" About Self-Confidence? Episode 034 · Duration: 00:15:10 Is "Giving Up Too ...
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Moving Beyond Parent-Child Temperament Clashes
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Moving Beyond Parent/Child Temperament Clashes Episode 033 · Duration: 00:17:33 Moving Beyond Parent-Child Temperament Clashes Are ...
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Setting The School Year Up For Success
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Setting The School Year Up For Success Episode 032 · Duration: 00:10:58 Setting The School Year ...
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Turning Parent-Teen Stress Into Parent-Teen Success
Turning Parent-Teen Stress Into Parent-Teen Success I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my first TEDx Talk. I had a ...
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/ Parenting
7 Articles On Parental Burnout
7 Articles On Parental Burnout Parenting can be very stressful. Add in other responsibilities, like work, and the stress intensifies ...
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/ Parenting
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Our 12 Most Popular Podcasts of 2017 Our 12 Most Popular Podcasts of 2017 The ...
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The Hidden Relationship Killer
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: The Hidden Relationship Killer Episode 031 · Duration: 00:15:03 The Hidden Relationship Killer Does it seem ...
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Should Parents be Happy While Their Kids are Doing Poorly?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Should Parents Be Happy While Their Kids Are Doing Poorly? Episode 030 · Duration: 00:13:44 Should ...
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How To Create Lasting Change In Families
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How To Create Lasting Change In Families Episode 029 · Duration: 00:16:10 How To Create Lasting ...
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Are Psychotherapists Disempowering Parents?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Are Psychotherapists Disempowering Parents? Episode 028 · Duration: 00:16:51 Are Psychotherapists Disempowering Parents? Is your child ...
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Am I Helping or Enabling my Young Adult Child?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Am I Helping or Enabling my Young Adult Child? Episode 027 · Duration: 00:18:07 Am I ...
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Stop the Teen Chore Battle
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Stop the Parent-Teen Chore Battle Episode 026 · Duration: 00:18:13  Stop the Parent-Teen Chore Battle Do ...
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Teenage Summertime Success- A Parent's Guide (Main)
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Teenage Summertime Success: A Parent's Guide Episode 025 · Duration: 00:14:50 Teenage Summertime Success: A Parent's ...
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13 Reasons Why Not
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: 13 Reasons Why Not Episode 024 · Duration: 00:11:28 13 Reasons Why Not Are you struggling with ...
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High Performing Moms Need High Performing Families
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: High Performing Moms Need High Performing Families Episode 023 · Duration: 00:10:12 High Performing Moms Need High ...
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How We Can All Feel Listened To
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How We Can All Feel Listened To Episode 022 · Duration: 00:10:55 How We Can All Feel ...
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How To Be A Perfectly Imperfect Family
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How To Be A Perfectly Imperfect Family Episode 021 · Duration: 00:09:55 How To Be A Perfectly ...
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Don't Get Stopped By Your Arguing Teen
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Don’t Get Stopped by Your Arguing Teen Episode 020 · Duration: 00:17:38 Don’t Get Stopped by Your ...
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Psychotherapy Networker Symposium
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 40th Psychotherapy Networker Symposium and what a powerful experience it was; I’d ...
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Turn Self-doubt & Burnout into Empowered Parenting
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Turn Self-doubt & Burnout into Empowered Parenting Episode 019 · Duration: 00:16:43 End Self-Doubt and Burnout and ...
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Healthy Expectations for your Depressed Teenager
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Healthy Expectations for your Depressed Teenager Episode 018 · Duration: 00:13:19 Healthy Expectations for your Depressed Teenager ...
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Helping Emotionally Abused Adult Children
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Helping Emotionally Abused Adult Children Episode 017 · Duration: 00:10:31 Helping Emotionally Abused Adult Children Are you ...
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Staying Connected With Your Teenager
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Staying Connected With Your Teenager Episode 016 · Duration: 00:10:07 Staying Connected to Your Teenager Does it ...
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How To Raise A Spiritually Aware Child
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How To Raise A Spiritually Aware Child Episode 015 · Duration: 00:11:19 How to raise a spiritually ...
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Active Gifted Kids
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Active Gifted Kids Episode 014 · Duration: 00:09:52 The Importance of Getting Even our Gifted Kids to ...
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How to Raise a Strong Minded Child
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How to Raise a Strong Minded Child Episode 013 · Duration: 00:09:09 Having strong-minded outspoken kids can ...
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My Highly Anxious Daughter
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: My Highly Anxious Daughter Episode 012 · Duration: 00:11:05 Kids come into this world with different ...
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Parental Burnout: End it and Thrive
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Parental Burnout: End it and Thrive Episode 011 · Duration: 00:11:23 It is a common theme to ...
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Setting Limits With Your Special Needs Teen
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Setting Limits With Your Special Needs Teen Episode 010 · Duration: 00:11:22 Parents are often challenged with ...
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Help! My Teenager Won’t Do His Schoolwork!
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Help! My Teenager Won’t Do His Schoolwork! Episode 009 · Duration: 00:12:05 Struggling with your teen ...
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Ending the Teacher-Teen Control Battle
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Ending the Teacher-Teen Control Battle Episode 008 · Duration: 00:13:45 Parents and Teens aren’t the only ones ...
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My In-Laws Are In Our Business
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: My In-laws Are In Our Business Episode 007 · Duration: 00:09:48 Struggling with your in-laws is no ...
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Helping Your Depressed Teenager
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Helping Your Depressed Teenager Episode 006 · Duration: 00:08:54 Did you know that adolescent depression is on ...
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What To Do With A Chronically Lying Child
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: What To Do With A Chronically Lying Child Episode 005 · Duration: 00:14:02 Children will surprise us ...
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Stop The Fight And Watch Your Relationship Grow
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Stop The Fight And Watch Your Relationship Grow Episode 004 · Duration: 00:11:44 Fights can start between ...
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Sisters Who Won’t Get Along
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: Sisters Who Won’t Get Along Episode 003 · Duration: 00:11:02 The holiday season is upon us, bringing ...
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How Much Screen Time Is Healthy?
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: How Much Screen Time Is Healthy? Episode 002 · Duration: 00:05:19 In Episode 002 of Healthy Family ...
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What To Expect From The Healthy Family Connections Podcast
The Healthy Family Connections Podcast: What To Expect From The Healthy Family Connections Podcast Episode 001 · Duration: 00:05:40 Announcing: The Healthy ...
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National Bullying Prevention Month and the Presidential Election Campaign: a Contrast in Values and Goals
October was National Bullying Prevention Month established to support all our kids in learning healthy social emotional values, and to keep ...
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/ Social Issues
Training 25 Psychotherapists on Parent-Teen Control Battles
Just a quick update for this week... I had a great time training 25 psychotherapists in using the Ending the ...
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/ Updates
Podcast Launching Soon — Submit Your Question(s) Now!
In the coming weeks, I will be launching my very own podcast entitled, Healthy Family Connections. In so doing, my mission ...
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/ Updates
Is It ADHD or Is It Bad Behavior?
It’s often challenging for parents of kids with ADHD to know when parental support is appropriate, and when they are ...
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/ Parenting
The wait is over... Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle is now available! Brought to you by Neil D Brown LCSW ...
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/ Updates
Happy Autumn Everyone! As you may recall, I published my first roundup post last month identifying 9 must-read articles for ...
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/ Roundups
The Danger of Setting Low Standards for Your Teen
Often parents will come into counseling with their teenager and I’ll learn that they are doing poorly in school, are ...
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/ Parenting
"I Can’t Believe It... My Kid Just Got Arrested! Now What?"
It’s not uncommon that I’ll get a call from a parent telling me that their son or daughter just got ...
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/ Parenting
Shame & Self-Doubt Are a Family Affair
I was meeting with a mom the other week and we were talking about the challenges she has setting limits ...
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/ Families
9 Must-Read Posts on Parenting for the School Year Ahead
I've rounded up my favorite blog posts on parenting this month -- just in time for back-to-school. As we move ...
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/ Roundups
"Help! My Child Won’t Go To School! What Should I Do?"
I’ve been talking with a few school administrators recently who were all struggling with what seems like an increase in ...
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/ Parenting
My Vacation to Jasper, Alberta!
Hi folks, I was vacationing in Jasper, Alberta (Canada) last week and had some amazing hikes and wonderful wild animal ...
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/ Updates
What to Do When Your Teenager Is Better at Arguing Than You
I was talking with Julie, the mother of a 13-year-old teen the other day. We had been working together to ...
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/ Parenting
Your Teenager Is Not a Problem to Be Solved!
Last week I wrote about how important it is to not treat our kids as problems to be solved -- ...
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/ Parenting
Have a Problem? Need a Solution? Ask a Teenager!
So often we look at teenagers as a problem to be solved. We look at their behavior and think, “What ...
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/ Parenting
Reversing the Toxic Triangle with Your Spouse & Teen
A common dilemma many parents face is when their co-parent disciplines the children with a harsh or negative tone. They ...
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/ Parenting
The Relief, Frustration & Opportunities of Summer
The end of the school year can bring a host of feelings to students and their parents... As students transition ...
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/ Parenting
What if Neither Parent Is Comfortable Enforcing Limits?
For families raising children and teens to thrive, there needs to be a structure within which kids can grow. Kids ...
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/ Parenting
Is Your Family "Pond" Healthy?
We normally think of ecologies as biological environments where all the elements relate to and are influenced in some way ...
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/ Families
Do You Suffer from "Nice Guy" Syndrome?
In the post I published on April 19, 2016, I wrote about how our kids help us come face to face ...
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/ Parenting
What Causes Good Students to Fall Behind & Play Catch-Up
This post was originally published September 24, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on May 16, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
What to Do When Your Great Kid Displays Dark Depression
This post was originally published April 29, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on May 10, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
Have You Heard of This Hidden Relationship Killer?
Many couples are looking for answers to their relationship struggles. We know this because the couples relationship books are flying ...
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/ Relationships
How's a Parent to Know if a Power Struggle Is Normal
This post was originally published June 7, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on April 26, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
How Our Kids Help Us Find & Heal Our Own Issues
This post was originally published June 24, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on April 19, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
What Is the Parent-Child or Parent-Teen Control Battle?
This post was originally published April 22, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on April 12, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
How to Turn Constant Criticism into Intimacy
I was meeting with a client, James, the other day who was lamenting his wife’s behavior. It seemed to James ...
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/ Relationships
Structure & Responsibilities for Teens
This post was originally published April 15, 2015. I have updated it extensively and republished it on March 29, 2016 ...
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/ Families, Republished
My Website Is Back Online – And Better Than Ever!
Hi everyone, I'm happy to announce that after several weeks of re-branding, my website is now back online -- and ...
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/ Updates
Is It A Control Battle?