Adolescent & Teen Behavior

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4 Things You Should Never Say to Your Teen

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Every parent gets mad and says things in the heat of the moment that they regret—nobody’s perfect, and there is no such thing as a  perfect  parent. At one time or another, most parents also report feeling like their teen is not listening to them. You wonder why what you’re saying doesn’t seem to have any  effect—it goes “in ... Read more »

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Parenting Teens: Parental Authority vs. Peer Pressure

By James Lehman, MSW

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It’s one of the hardest things parents deal with: even if you’re trying to raise your child the right way, as soon as he walks out the door, you know he’s going to be exposed to all sorts of negative—even dangerous—influences. From dress to attitude to a popular culture that says it’s cool to drink... Read more »

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In Memory of James Lehman

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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This tribute was written when James Lehman passed away in 2010. We hope you, like so many parents and families who have discovered James' work, will find something in James' legacy that helps you on your own parenting journey. *** “Nothing makes me happier than helping my friends.” Nearly every time we talked, James Lehman said those words... Read more »

Is There a Responsible Adult Trapped Inside Your Teenager?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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What would you say to a Harvard-trained psychologist who told you that your twelve or thirteen-year-old should be allowed to drive, get married, drink alcohol, and join the military and vote, among other things? Well, I thought the same thing until I read The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen and then... Read more »

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