Change Your Relationships with Validation

Relationships can be difficult especially when they become mired down in months or years of conflict. When this happens a wall can grow between us and those we care about. This can be even harder when the person behind the wall is your child. Some parents give up hope of ever having a close bond…
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Raising a Challenging Teen? – Family Connections Can Help

I was recently sitting with a group of friends who, like me, all have teenagers. Through our discussion it became clear that we had some things in common: We had all experienced the ups and downs of parenting when our kids were little, from the sleepless nights with a newborn, to the first day of…
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Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

There are few things more disturbing for moms and dads than finding out that your child is intentionally hurting herself. Unfortunately, it's very common, especially among girls. Experts call it "self-injury," and as many as a quarter of all teenagers do it. The most common form of self-injury is cutting or scratching the skin with…
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Drivers Ed for my Childs Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors?

When your teen turned 15 discussions of them using the car and getting their drivers license became a real thing. You may have accompanied them to the DMV to take their permit test and you may have even begun letting them practice their driving skills with you in the car. Eventually they earned their drivers…
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