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December 2015

Getting any teenager to make New Year resolutions can feel like an uphill battle. Trying to encourage your struggling teen to make New Year resolutions can feel impossible. But making and achieving goals is a great way to show your teen, especially one who is struggling with self-esteem, peer pressure, or more serious issues, that they are capable of great things. Here are some suggestions

Drugs and alcohol can tear apart a teen’s hopes of future success and happiness. Knowing how to help your teen work through their addiction can feel like an overwhelming task. Many therapeutic programs claim to help teens work through their addiction to drugs and alcohol, but only a few actually help. Seven Challenges is an evidence-based program listed in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based

It’s natural for your teen to do things that may be considered rebellious. The teen years are all about experimentation and finding out who you are as an individual. If your teen is defiant and acting out constantly, that behavior needs to be stopped. However, sometimes it can seem impossible to try to control your defiant teen. Here are a few tips for working with

The holidays, although fun and full of cheer, can also be extremely stressful for the entire family. For some families, the holidays bring with them a crowded house. Family might be coming in from out of town, and everyone is cooped up inside because of the foul weather. What’s a person to do in that situation? Usually they become stressed and irritable, leading to arguments

Having a teenager who is struggling with behavioral or emotional problems can weigh on a parent. Not knowing how to help them can consume your life. Teenagers may become troubled for a number of reasons, including home life, influences from peers, personal decisions, and mental health issues. No matter the cause of your teen’s trouble, there are things you can do to help your teen

Do you find yourself obsessing over the details of your teen’s life? Do you micro manage every part of their day? You may, unbeknownst to you, be a helicopter parent! As parents, sometimes our first reaction is to get super involved in every minutiae of our teen’s lives, especially if they’re hanging out with a bad crowd or beginning to isolate themselves from us. That’s

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