Tag: teens

Summering with Tweens: 3 Tips for Survival

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With summer upon us, my twelve-year-old boy has recently taken to hibernating in his room for hours at a time. We rarely see him,...

Parenting Teens: When “Calm Confidence” Does Not Immediately Change Things

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Last month I started a three-part series on how and why to use Calm Confidence with your teenagers. We started out by talking about...

Parenting Teens: Why “Calm Confidence” is Important for Both Parent and...

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This is the first of a three-part series on parenting teens with Calm Confidence. We start here with an explanation of what Calm Confidence...

Teaching Teens to Lie

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A few (no longer a "couple") of decades ago my mom gave me blanket permission to use her as an excuse. If I did...

Parenting Teens: Let Them Experiment?

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Live your life as an experiment. Adopt an attitude of, “I’m not sure what will help in this situation, but I’m going to experiment...

Sex, Drugs and Santa: Having “The Talk” with Your Kids

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From the time that Lily was born I cringed at the thought of having "The Talk."  So when my friend Michelle blindsided me at...

Parenting Teens: A Dog’s Life Metaphor for Overcoming Anxiety

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I have two dogs: Oscar and Lilly. That’s Oscar with the black and white tuxedo and Lilly is the little champagne-colored princess. Oscar is...

Screen Time

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I asked my nine-year-old how long he thought was adequate for screen time. Without missing a beat he answered, “Four hours.” I asked my...

Parenting Teens: Developing Kindness Through Logical Consequences

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“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their...

Parenting Teens: How Mindfulness Saves My Sanity

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Everyone told me that parenting teens was going to be hard. My dad complained from the time I turned thirteen that my teen years...

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