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Why You Need to Listen to Your Teen

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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 »

Living with a Broken Heart: Are You Estranged from Your Child?

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“You can live with a broken heart, and you can die with one, but it’s terrible to have to do both.” --Quote from an estranged parent I’ve witnessed and have been affected by a parent-child relationship dissolving within my own family. There have also been many stories shared with our parent coaching team by parents going through either... Read more »

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Parenting Your Teen: 3 Steps Toward Mutual Respect

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In my last post, I wrote about the importance of mutual respect when it comes to parenting teens. Here are three things that have helped me with my 16-year-old daughter: 1. GIVE your teenager reasons: You don't have to have a long list of reasons as to why you say "no" to something they want or... Read more »

Parents and Teens: Why Respect Goes Both Ways

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One way I've always viewed parenting is through the eyes of mutual respect. It seems to me there is a lot of talk about controlling behavior, and less RESPECT when it comes to the parent/child relationship. Almost like an authority type relationship. You might be thinking, "WELL Yeah, I do have authority over my child, I... Read more »

Teen Behavior: Don’t Take It Personally

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One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn as a Mom is this one:  It’s not personal. Meaning, I can’t take things personally in regard to my teenager. A lot of what we go through with them will feel like its personal, or maybe I’m just more sensitive! I’ve come a long way with... Read more »

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