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What to Do When Your Teen No Longer Hugs You behindourbehaviour communication education parenting parentingtips speakteen students teenagers Feb 12, 2020

February - it’s the month of love and hugs, right? When you have a teen in your life, hugs may feel in short supply.

"Why doesn’t my teenager want to hug me anymore? What changed? All I want to do is give her a hug so she knows just how loved she is."

Sil, mom of three,...

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Selfie-Esteem: The Impact of the Like Culture on a Teen’s Self-Worth Jul 02, 2019

A few decades ago, the “like” culture consisted of a handwritten note read, “If you like me, check yes or no”. Today, it is much different. Chloe, 15, shared that she knows she is “good” based on the number of likes she will receive from a selfie. “If I...

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What to Do When: Understanding Non-Binary Gender Expression in Teens (and Adults too!) gender genderexpression non-binary parenting parentingteens teens Jun 20, 2019

Hi Julie,

My daughter came home the other day and told me she has never felt comfortable in her body and doesn’t really feel like a girl or a boy. She said she has been using they pronoun “they” with friends and also has chosen a gender-neutral name. I want to support her -...

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What To Do When: Understanding your LGBTQ teen behindourbehaviour juliesmith lgbtq parenting parentingteens speakteen teenbehaviour teens Jun 06, 2019

Hi Julie~ 

My daughter came home last week and said she thinks she is gay, or rather she said she is bi-sexual. I like to think I’m a fairly aware and open person, and if this is how she identifies then I want to support her. However, I’m at a complete and total loss of what to...

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What to Do When™: Teens + End-of-School-Year Anxiety anxiety behindourbehaviour endofschoolyearanxiety juliesmith parenting parentingteens school speakteen summer summervacation teens May 31, 2019

Hi Julie~

My daughter was diagnosed with anxiety over the school year. She’s done a pretty good job of managing it, and I really thought that having a break from school would make her feel even better - especially after having some time to sleep and rest. However, now that school is out,...

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Are you filling in your happiness? #behindthebehaviour #graduation #parenting #speakteen May 16, 2019

“Hey Julie, My kiddo is graduating from high school soon, and, as much as I want to be happy, I’m also incredibly sad. I’ve been so wrapped up in my life as a parent that I feel like now that my kids are getting older, I’m losing my happiness.”

This question...

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What to Do When: Five Ways to Support Teens + Yourself in the Era of School Shootings behindourbehaviour child safety parenting school safety school shooting school violence speakteen teens May 09, 2019

Hi Julie,

Yesterday the news struck. Another school shooting. I can’t handle it. I don’t know how to help my daughter when we hear about one. She is starting high school in the fall, and I don’t know if I can handle four more years of this fear. Help!

Thanks,

Annie


Hi Anne~

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Do you listen to what your teen isn’t saying? (part 2 in a 3-part series) behindyourbehavior communication education parenting parentingtips speakteen students teenagers Apr 24, 2019

[Continued from Part I. This is Part 2 in a 3-part series)

Part I: Are you Really Listening 

In part one of this series, we discussed that it is imperative for adults to do three things when speaking with teens:

(1)  Know that listening is an investment.

(2)  Be willing + open to...

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Are you Really Listening (part 1 in a 3-part series) communication listening relationships speakteen teens Apr 11, 2019

Do you ever notice that your teen’s eyes glaze over while you’re talking to them? This is a surefire sign you are talking too much and listening too little.

Solid, healthy communication is essential in any relationship, right? When we talk and share our feelings, we feel closer to...

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Finding the "Right" Therapist for your Teen communication relationships teenspeak therapists Mar 13, 2019

When I was 15, my mom took me to see a counselor. She thought that I needed someone to talk with since I had been, hmmm, let’s call it acting out after she and my dad divorced.

She chose a therapist who was also a teacher at my high school  I was reluctant, but I knew enough about her...

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Can We Talk? 225 Easy Conversation Ideas to Get You + Your Teen Talking communication Feb 06, 2019

"Hi Julie, I have an interesting question for you. You see, my 12-year-old has no problems talking to me but I can't seem to talk with her. I hate to admit this but I just don't know what to talk about that doesn't feel so big, so serious. Any ideas?"

 

I love this question so much! And,...

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Three Ways to Spark Your Teens Interest... and Yours, Too! behaviour behind your behaviour communication education parenting parenting tips speakteen students teenagers Jan 15, 2019

Today’s question is definitely one that hits close to home.

The question comes from Tracey, a mom of two: a 20-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. And she said:

“I feel like all my son does is sit around and do nothing after-school and on the weekends. I keep telling him that he...

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