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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 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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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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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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