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Safety and Comfort: Four tips for parents of children with attachment issues

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When young children are neglected in their earliest relationships, usually with their parents, they can form attachment issues. These issues stem from feeling repeatedly abandoned, isolated, and uncared for. Often, this comes as the result of living in poor conditions at a young age. Many children who have been adopted from foreign countries where they…
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Healing In Nature: Five Benefits of Wilderness Therapy Programs

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It’s official: wilderness therapy is one of the most unique and effective forms of therapy! When it comes to addressing mental health conditions and behavioral issues, traditional talk therapy has been the go-to solution for many years. However, traditional talk therapy sessions can sometimes feel repetitive, and there’s a growing interest in alternative approaches such…
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Developing Healthy Teen Relationships

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The types of friends your teen chooses to have can greatly impact their future. Toxic relationships can negatively affect decision making, slow social development, and increase risky behavior. A healthy relationship can empower your teen with feelings of belongingness, confidence, and even reduce stress. This is why it’s important to identify the aspects of a healthy relationship…
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Does Your Teen Have a Video Game Addiction?

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Video games are now ingrained into our society, used by children, teens, and adults alike. Video games can be a fun, interesting way to pass the time, but where’s the line? This activity can transform from being a harmless pastime into something much more dangerous: a video game addiction. Photo source: flickr user Jason Devaun…
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Beating the Uphill Battle: How to Help Your Struggling Teen Make and Keep Teen New Year Resolutions

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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…
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Recovering from drugs and alcohol: Trails Phases program

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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…
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Rebellion or Defiance? Six Tips for Parenting a Defiant Teen

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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…
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Keeping Holidays Happy: Five tips for preventing teen holiday stress

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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…
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Lifting The Weight: Five Tips for Parenting Troubled Teens

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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,…
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Do you hover over your teen? Five tips for a helicopter parent

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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…
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