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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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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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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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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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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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