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5 Tips to Motivate Your Teen

As they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. The same is true for your teen. Though we may know what's best for our kids (or at least think we do), we can't make them do it. They have to want to do it themselves. In other words, they have...

How to Open Your Teen’s Mind

One of our most sacred roles as parents is to prepare our children for a successful future. What success means to each of us may differ, but we can all agree that resilience, flexibility, and adaptability play a large role. How, then, do we weave these qualities in...

The Truth About Teens And Weed

The Truth About Teens And Weed

On an afternoon I’ll never forget, one of my teen clients walked through the door, dropped into a chair, and proudly stated that he had discovered the key to happiness: weed. It’s his medicine, he says, and it makes him feel good. If he could only get a...

Networking: It’s Not Just for Adults Anymore

Co-authored by Dennis Charles, author of Word Of Mouth: Networking To Take Your Business Into The Stratosphere When you push aside all the technology, all the gadgets and apps and filters, you’re left with a simple truth: we’re people who like to connect...

Learning Disabilities: Telling a New Story

I was diagnosed with a learning disability in first grade, and every day for ten years after I struggled in every way imaginable. I was scared, hurt, angry, and defiant. Apparently there was only one way to teach and one way to learn. That’s what I was...

Keep Calm and Parent On

The other day I noticed a mother vibrating with stress attempting to calm her crying baby. The little one couldn’t crawl, walk, or talk, but her instinctual senses were sharp enough to know stress when she heard, saw, and felt it. The mother’s attempts...

Four Steps to Becoming a Rock Star Parent in 2018

It’s that time of year, the time to set goals and resolutions for the year to come. From starting diets and making more money to living of life of your dreams, goals of virtually every shape and size bounce throughout the days and weeks of January. But a...

Are You Ready for the Teen Transition?

From the moment they placed that bundle of joy and hope and love in your arms, you’ve been in control. You spoke, they listened. (At least that was the plan.) Now you have something else on your hands. Now you have a teenager. With this new arrival comes a...

It’s Time to Tell Your Teens the Truth

From the minute we open our eyes to the moment we close them for sleep, today’s media works overtime to remind us just how dangerous the world has become. It’s a miracle, we’re led to believe, just to survive the week. As adults, the relentless news about...

Dashed Hopes: The Two Words That Erase Your Children’s Dreams

For John it was always about numbers and sports. I worked with John for several years, helping him navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, and for as long as he could remember he had always wanted to bring together his love of numbers and sports,...

Free Parenting Guide

After years spent helping teens successfully transition to becoming happy, healthy, responsible adults, I’ve discovered 7 qualities that make the difference, qualities that are present in every teen that thrives…and missing from every teen that struggles to make his or her way in the world.

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