Communication

Teaching Assertive Communication: An Essential Life Skill

By Adrienne Fuller

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Being assertive sometimes gets a bad rap. But being assertive simply means having confidence:  the ability to stand up for yourself and defend your opinions. Teaching children to be assertive is teaching them about boundaries and standards and how to stick to them, while still being respectful of others.  “Assertive” becomes a problem when it... Read more »

Parents’ Top 3 College Concerns

By RebeccaW, Parent Coach

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Back-to-school can bring up many emotions for parents.  One of the more emotional and difficult transitions can be when a child goes to college.  We recently asked the readers of Empowering Parents about the challenges and concerns they have about their child attending college, and we received some great responses (You can view the full... Read more »

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Justin Bieber’s Wild Ride: How to Talk to Your Child about Celebrity Heroes Behaving Badly

By Dr. Kate Roberts

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Justin Bieber's latest exploits -- drinking and drag racing in a Lambourghini (with his father, no less), egging his neighbor's house, and a long-rumored drug problem -- have made news all over the world. Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears before that...the list of young celebrities behaving badly goes on and on. Added to that, reality television and social... Read more »

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Why You Need to Listen to Your Teen

By Guest Blogger

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It is after school, and my 13-year-old daughter and her friends are talking about what happened in school that day, and I am listening. At first I pretend I don't hear much as I dole out snacks and waters, but then I chime in with a question about a kid they said was suspended from school... Read more »

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