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Comforting your teen series: Part One

Breaking Down Barriers I spend my days being with people in their emotional world. I help them process and express how they are feeling, sit with their own emotions, and at times, tolerate the uncomfortableness that emotions can cause for us all. I help make sense of what they’re feeling and help them see how [...]

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Comforting your teen series: Part Two

How Empathy Looks as Your Kids Grow Up Think about when your kids were little and they scraped their knee. Or when someone hurt their feelings on the playground and they were filled with sadness. Their first reaction was to call out or run to you.  You sat with them, listened, and reassured them it [...]

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Comforting your teen series: Part Three

The Importance of Biting Your Tongue A common roadblock that keeps kids from confiding in their parents is the “I’ll solve it” scenario. Teens want to be heard and seen just like us. They don’t want someone telling them what to do about their sadness.  They want to be listened to and comforted. I see [...]

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Comforting your teen series: Part Four

Trust Me, Your Kids WANT to Talk About Mental Health Families talk about a lot of things, but mental health usually isn’t one of them. Historically, mental health has been a taboo, uncomfortable topic in many families. Whether generational, cultural, racial, or gender-based, many messages we have historically received about mental health tell us we [...]

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Comforting you teen series: Part Five

I promise: your teens want to talk to you. They want to share their emotions, feelings, and talk about their deeper thoughts with you. It may not always seem that way, and maybe they are unsure of doing it too. But I see it firsthand over and over again: once barriers are broken down, teens [...]

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3 Steps to Keep Your Teen on Track & Keep Your Interaction Positive

What percentage of interaction between you and your teen is positive? Or should I say, “perceived” positive?  I ask this question with every teenager and family I work with.  You would be surprised by the answers I receive and disconnect between parent and teen on what is actually perceived as a positive interaction between them. [...]