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Three Communication Mistakes Parents Make With Teens (and how you can fix em!) communication relationship teenspeak Jan 10, 2019

Around age ten, (sometimes earlier, sometimes later) communication begins to change.  Without notice, kids may stop hanging onto every word — or sometimes, any word at all. After working with children and adolescents for almost three decades, one thing I have learned with...

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Bring your Family’s Story to Life with this Year-End Activity communication family holidays julie smith relationships teenspeak Dec 19, 2018

It’s so hard to believe that this year is almost complete. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was wondering what the next twelve months would bring. Today, I’m a little in awe by all that it did bring. Some of it amazingly good, some epically eh and definitely a bit of “I...

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Managing and even Reducing Holiday Stress with Teens holidays julie smith stress teenspeak Dec 06, 2018

Hey Julie~

The holidays are both our family’s most favorite and most stressful time of the year. This year I’m extra worried because I feel like I can’t tell what my 15 year old son  is feeling. Is he excited? Is he down? Is he happy? Help! How can I support my son this...

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The Importance of Teens + Play this Holiday #holidays #importanceofplay #juliesmith #play #teens #tweens Nov 28, 2018

Hey Julie~

Over the holidays, when my kids were little we played pretend all the time. I admit I got a little bored of being a magic horse that could also make chocolate chip cookies, but I knew it was important. Now that my kids are older (tweens and teens) I’m wondering if we’re...

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How you and your Teen can Stress Less this Holiday Season holiday health holiday stress teens thanksgiving Nov 21, 2018

It feels like just yesterday I was sitting on the bay of the river, toes in sand, watching the fireworks above me. Today, I’m sitting on the living room floor, toes wrapped in wool socks, watching my teens argue over what pie we should have and tossing around ornaments for a tree that...

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Three Simple Ways to Show Teens They Matter adolescence communication education human nature parenting relationships Oct 04, 2018

Do you remember when you were younger and thought anything was possible? Perhaps Superman was your hero, and you were convinced that draping a towel over your shoulders and jumping off the sofa made you just like him. Or maybe you loved Dorothy Hamill (yes, I’m dating myself now) and...

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Parenting Teens Can Feel Hard: Musings on Raising Teens adolescence human nature parenting relationships Aug 31, 2018

Parenting teens and human natureStarting today with a big ol' parenting teens truth bomb.

(this will be a bit rambling but here goes...) 

Parenting teens is hard, and, then it’s easy. Then, it will be hard again. Then, it will be confusing. Really confusing before it becomes scary, exciting, frustrating, funny,...

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Five Things to Do to Understand your New Normal with Tweens adolescence communication human behavior relationships Aug 23, 2018

Help me, Julie! My daughter is getting ready to start 6th grade, and, all of a sudden, she seems like a totally different kid. Overnight she seemed to change from my little girl to full-blown teenager!! It’s making my head spin! Is this normal?

Your new normalPicture this … a 12-year-old girl...

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