20 Things You Must Avoid As A Teen or Adult

20 Things You Must Avoid As A Teen or Adult

We should be living our lives without regrets. Going boldly into the day establishing a model for our teens that they can live fully and that an attitude of generosity and learning will take them far. Here is a quick list of 20 things to consider every day of you and your teen’s journey. Make a great effort to avoid these pitfalls!! 1. Drifting Along 2. Setting a bad example 3. Wasting time 4. Being Selfish (not serve others) 5….

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Parent or Friend: Do I Have to Choose?

Parent or Friend: Do I Have to Choose?

The thought of being a parent can be overwhelming. Especially considering the teen years, it can be down right terrifying. I came across this blog post recently authored by Dr. Joanne Stern, and it sums up the delicate balance on the topic of being a friend or parent with your child. Here is her post. The original post can be found here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/parenting-is-contact-sport/201103/parent-or-friend-do-i-have-choose You shouldn’t be friends with your kids. What they need is a parent, not another friend. Right?…

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10 Disruptive Conversations

10 Disruptive Conversations

In this socially networked age there are no more mysteries. Few things, if any, are sacred. We seem to have lost our sense of consequence. I think it’s because everything has become relative. If you want to do something, you can quickly find someone in the social sphere that is doing it and ‘having fun’ with little or no perceived negative side effects. How do we, as parents, make progress in communication with our teen? How do we continue to…

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Your Teen Masterpiece

Your Teen Masterpiece

As parents we get busy. We have morning routines, school, sports, work, cleaning the house, just to name a few. This can quickly become a rut where “raising our kids” means just getting to bed time with as few arguments and injuries as possible. A dear friend of mine said that we have opportunities flying past us everyday, but we miss them because we’re too distracted. Our kids represent great opportunities. Their lives are very moldable. In fact, they require…

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What’s The REAL Question?

What’s The REAL Question?

As parents we’re smart, so smart in fact that we don’t need to hear the whole question or conversation that’s playing out in front of us because we’ve been there, done that. Right? Using our infinite wisdom and experience to quickly and easily wield our ‘solution sword’ to cut through any and all drama or need. We’re kind of like super heroes, but the problem is that the only life (read: time) we’re saving is our own. Our teens should…

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