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5 Tips to Transform Teen School Indifference to Engagement

Is your teen struggling in school? Does he seem apathetic? Have you lectured, grounded and threatened until you have no idea what else to do? Here are some tips for helping your teen feel better and function better — while improving your relationship with...

How Saying Yes Changes Everything

After all my years working with teens and their families, I’m convinced that raising healthy, happy kids depends on two words: Yes and No. The secret is knowing when to say which. Kids need boundaries. They yearn for structure and limits. Few will admit...

Parenting an All-Star: Perspective From Mike Trout and His Mom

In my practice working with families and teens, I’m on a continual quest to find out what values best prepare teens to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. Last week, I had an incredible opportunity to talk with Mike Trout and his mom, Debbie, to learn a...

Guiding Teens from Good to Great

Jim Collins took the business world by storm with Good to Great, the bestselling book that showed organizations how to reach beyond average levels of success and instead strive for greatness. I believe it's time we took the same approach with our kids. We...

5 Traits That Build Meaning and Stability Into Your Teen’s Life

Teens need meaning in their lives. They search for purpose, value, and fulfillment. Existing day-to-day and week-to-week isn't enough; they hunger for more than daily routines and obligations. When they find nothing to fill those voids, they're sometimes...

How to Help Your Teen Who Won’t Talk to You

This world is a busy, distracting, pressure-filled, and sometimes cruel place. While it’s true that each generation has its difficulties, kids today face bigger and scarier life challenges than ever: “fitting in” means being perfect, having sex, use of...

What’s Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future?

Since Junior’s birth, you’ve been socking away savings from every paycheck to ensure he has money for college. After all, that’s what responsible parents do, right? Making sure he has the education to prepare him for the workforce, to care for himself and...

9pm on a Saturday is When I Received the Call

16-year-old Jimmy is standing outside of a house. His so-called friends are inside smoking pot, hooking up, and doing who knows what else.  He picked up the phone and called me. What was done on our ten minute phone call changed the course of his teenage...

My “Sad Day” Turned Into A Clinical Diagnosis for Depression

The Problem with a Problem-Centric Approach to Mental Health If I tell a therapist that I had a “sad day,” does that mean that I am clinically depressed? If I’m going through a big life transition — new school, new job — and I mention that I’m nervous,...

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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