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Adolescent & Teen Behavior

Day-to-Day Tips to Help You Manage Your Intense Kid

Because I homeschool, I spend lots of time with my kids. Usually, that is a good thing. I enjoy watching them learn and creating fabulous memories with them. However, with my oldest, the family togetherness sometimes has an ugly side. Her intensity can drive us all crazy. My daughter is a wonderful kid. However, she... Read more »

How Scary is Too Scary?

My younger sister and I frequently stayed at my grandparents’ house during the summers of my childhood.  We were watching TV one rainy afternoon, and a commercial appeared advertising a miniseries based on the book “IT” by Stephen King.  I wouldn’t have paid much attention except that it was starring Jonathan Brandis—my childhood celebrity crush. ... Read more »

I Know Something You Don’t Know

What do you do when your child tells you about some risky behaviors that a friend of theirs is engaging in, and you know the friend's parents? This is a question that terrifies many parents of teenagers. When one parent has an, “I know something you don’t know" piece of information, it can become a wedge... Read more »