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A House Divided Against Itself

By Marissa Stephens, Parent Coach

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If you’re struggling with your co-parent (or an ex) – arguing about whose style is more correct, or more effective - you’re not alone. Coming to an agreement can be very difficult. And when you’re talking about parenting, emotions can certainly run very high. The good news is, you and your co-parent can find a way... Read more »

Parenting a Kid with ADHD: Focus on the Good

By Karla Socci Somers

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The marquis at my wellness center says, “Find the good and praise it.” – a quote by Alex Haley, most famous for authoring Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Even before I read this positive reminder on the larger-than-life sign, I have been telling myself to “focus on the good” when it comes to... Read more »

What to Say to Motivate Your Teenager

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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This mom sums up what a lot of people are experiencing: “My child will not take her college applications seriously! She has to take an interest in her grades, her college applications, her test scores. She just blows it off. Why won’t she take this stuff seriously?! It’s HER future!” Sound familiar? You want your child... Read more »

How to Cope With an Emotionally Distant Child

By Darlene Beaulieu, 1-on-1 Coach

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Do you ever wonder what happened to your sweet, affectionate, “glad to be part of this family” younger child? Did your child enter adolescence with a sudden cloud of distance, brooding, sullen behavior, and a desperate need to be as far away from your family as possible? Though it’s one of the more heartbreaking aspects of... Read more »

Letting Our Little Fish Swim

By Leon Scott Baxter

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As I write this, my daughter Riley, a junior in high school, is preparing for a spring break trip—a cruise from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Barbados, and other islands I have only dreamed of visiting. She’ll be traveling with two of her best friends, as well as the family of one of... Read more »

3 Parenting Reminders for Managing Negative Thoughts

By RebeccaW, Parent Coach

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Parenting is tough. We speak to many people every day who are struggling with challenging parenting issues. It’s easy and normal to get caught up in negative thoughts about yourself and your family. Here are some common thoughts we hear from parents: “I love my family, but sometimes I don’t like being a parent." ”My friends’ kids are... Read more »

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