Happy Birthday James!

Happy Birthday Sweet James… Twenty four years ago today, you entered my life, a beautiful baby boy that would teach me a new definition of love. James, there was something about your pure innocence that caused me to spend many years experiencing what I came to know as an ache in my heart every time […]

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Am I Making It Worse? – How our punishments are creating our problems

How well are your current discipline techniques working? Do you find yourself using the same ‘tried and tested’ methods time and time again, expecting different results? Believe it or not, there is a reason those outdated punishments, consequences and restrictions aren’t getting you the results you think they should. Ross Greene is introducing a new […]

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

When working with Adolescents, it is so important to remember that the behavior is only a symptom of the problem. Teens, like adults, yearn for connection. When they are making healthy connections, they are thriving…conversely, when they are cut off from community and bonding, they reach out in unhealthy and destructive ways. Johann makes a […]

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Why Does My Teenager Hate me?

How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager by Michelle Lehnardt One evening my sons came home with the same exclamation, “It’s amazing how many kids hate their parents!” We talked for an hour or so about why, and I’ve interviewed several teenagers over the last few months for further clarity. The good news: most […]

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6 Easy steps to better communication with your teen

Healthy communication is a worthy goal to aspire to in any relationship. Whether it is between friends, colleagues, spouses, or parents, we all strive to understand and to be understood. It isn’t until we have a breakdown in communication that we come to realize just how vital clear connections are to our sense of well-being. […]

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Play Therapy for Teens

Teens benefit from play therapy because it allows them to deal with issues in a less threatening way. Typical “talk therapy,” can be boring or too intrusive for many teens. In play therapy, teens are able to explore feelings through music, art, dance, sand tray, imaginary play, etc. They get the opportunity to use their […]

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