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Worried about Your Teenage Driver? empowering your teenager Jan 26, 2022

Getting a driver's license is a huge deal to most teenagers. Driving is a critical stepping stone toward independence and self-reliance. While the outer goal is to get their license and begin enjoying the freedom driving brings, the inner journey toward responsibility should be the priority for...

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Showing Up for Your Teenager connecting with your teenager Jan 21, 2022

It is Friday night and your teenager asks if you can give him and two of his friends a ride to the football game. There are a couple of opportunities to build connection within this request. First, there is the car ride. Before the friends get in the car, take the opportunity to check in with...

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When Do I Let an Issue Go? connecting with your teenager Jan 15, 2022

I am often asked “How do I know if I should let an issue go?” Or “Do I continue to address so-called bad behavior over and over or is there a point where you just let it go?”

 

If this is a question you have confronted, there are several aspects to explore. First, is...

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Improve Your Energy and Health by Stacking Small Wins health and wellness Jan 12, 2022

Do you ever feel like you don’t have the energy to deal with your teenager?

 

Lack of energy or being tired is a common issue for today’s parents. There are two aspects to your physical energy. First, there is the impact of your mental state. Stress and negative emotions consume...

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Asking Your Teenager Better Questions: Results vs. Process connecting with your teenager Jan 11, 2022

One of the most common statements I hear from parents is “I wish I could get my teenager to talk to me.” When I inquire about how the conversations typically go, I hear about the dreaded one-word answer.

 

Mom: How was school today?

Teenager: Fine.

Mom: How did you do on the math...

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Setting Expectations for Your Teenager empowering your teenager Jan 06, 2022

Setting expectations is an alternative to setting limits. This distinction grows out of the difference between an empowerment-based mindset and a control-based mindset. In order to gain some awareness of your default mindset, try this exercise.

 

Over the next 24 hours, keep track of how...

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The Perceived Readiness Gap connecting with your teenager Jan 02, 2022

One of the biggest sources of conflict between teenagers and their parents is the perceived readiness gap. Teens have a tendency to overestimate their ability to manage their life, while parents have a tendency to underestimate teens’ management abilities. Consequently, teens are constantly...

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Resign as the Manager of Your Teenager's Life empowering your teenager Dec 22, 2021

In our 28 day parenting boot camp, we talk about choosing empowerment over control as the basis for parenting our teenagers. In the book Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers , Michael Riera presents an interesting perspective on this dynamic in the parent-teenager relationship. Riera...

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Age is Just a Number connecting with your teenager Dec 12, 2021

We were at the baseball park the other day watching our 7 -year-old grandson’s team play the second game of a doubleheader when I noticed an older man playing tag with a young child. The little boy was running in circles around a trash can and a group of parents. The older man, who I am...

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Your teenager may never say it, but they like it when you write them notes. connecting with your teenager family enrichment Nov 22, 2021

One of the most effective ays to build connection and empower your teenager is to hand write a note—although many people fail to see the importance of this in our digital age. This can be done as a way to heal your relationship after an argument or as a way to communicate how much you love...

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My Teenager Seems to Have Forgotten Their Manners connecting with your teenager Nov 21, 2021

I received this question from a parent.   

My 13 year old seems to have forgotten any manners. No thank you when someone drops her off, or please at a restaurant or anything.   Any ideas?

 

Having manners, being kind and respectful are fundamental elements of a loving...

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Knowledge vs Wisdom family enrichment Nov 21, 2021

It may seem like the difference between knowledge and wisdom is relatively small, but I would assert that when it comes to the impact love can have within your family bridging this gap is where miracles happen. Think of it this way: When you learn about a topic you are gathering information. You...

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