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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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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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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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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 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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