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    Establishing Close Bonds: Trails Therapist Discusses Work With Teens Struggling with Attachment Issues

    Adoption is one of the most emotional, joyful experiences some parents will ever experience. However, if your adopted child is struggling with attachment issues related to their childhood experiences, it can feel very difficult to establish the close parent-child bond you’ve been yearning for.  Young people struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges related to adoption…

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    Finding a Balance: Tips for Parenting Struggling Teens

    Raising a child is both the most rewarding, most natural thing in the world – and the most difficult one. There isn’t a family in the world that hasn’t had at least one major fight. Moreover, pushing boundaries is a perfectly normal part of growing up. Testing limits allows a child to assert their individuality…

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    What to Do When Your Child Has Been Suspended from School

    If your child has been suspended from school multiple times, you might see a pattern emerging. One suspension might not be that big of a deal, depending on the circumstances behind that suspension. When they start to be suspended over and over, it’s time to start looking at solutions to this issue. But what can…

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    Hidden Reasons for Teen Academic Struggles

    Your child is suddenly having issues in school. Their grades are plummeting. They won’t speak to you about what’s going on. How do you react to these teen academic struggles? Many parents feel lost at this point–which is understandable. There’s no handbook telling a parent exactly how to deal with these types of situations. You…

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    School’s Out: Truancy in Teens

    Perhaps the greatest misconception about missing school is that all cases are the same. In reality, there are many reasons why a child would not want to go to class – the two main offenders being school refusal and truancy in teens. School refusal and truancy are entirely different beasts; the first step to ensuring…

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    Virtually Addicted: Internet Addiction In Teens

    While it is easy to discount internet addiction as a minor issue compared to, for example, drug addiction, that would be a mistake – there are many ways to be addicted, and internet addiction is quickly becoming one of the major players. As a matter of fact, some 16% of young adults exhibit symptoms of…

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    Helping a Teen Coping with Grief

    While the death of a loved one is never easy, it hits teens especially hard. According to the National Institutes of Health, 2.5 million Americans pass away yearly, leaving an average of 4-5 grieving survivors. Unfortunately, there is no magic potion to wash away the pain completely, but there are several strategies to remember when…

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