Tag Archives: Adolescence

Why Teenagers Can Be Exhausting

by on October 12, 2017

Beginning at age twelve, a tween (age ten to twelve) develops critical thinking skills. This shift literally transforms a child’s mind from being receptive to others’ opinions into an adult mind that constantly questions opinions and facts. Gone are the days a child just believes what is said. Now begins the journey of conceptualizing, applying,… (more…)

Parenting Tips for Difficult Kids

by on October 12, 2017

You have read the parenting books, implemented the ideas, and tried new techniques but nothing seems to work. The siblings of the difficult child benefited from intentional parenting, but not the one it was intended to help. In fact, that child is getting worse and the parent’s exhaustion level is through the roof. The child… (more…)

How To Know If A Teen Is In Trouble

by on October 12, 2017

From a developmental point of view, teenagers should act differently from their child-like selves. This is the time to try on new roles, explore various passions, be adventurous and expand their critical thinking skills. They naturally move away from parental influence and begin to value peer opinions in an effort to form their own perspective…. (more…)

The Difference between Obstinate Teenagers vs. Budding Narcissists

by on October 12, 2017

It can be difficult to discern the difference between obstinate teenage behavior and a budding narcissist. After all, narcissism cannot be officially diagnosed until a person reaches the age of eighteen. However, the person needs to have demonstrated narcissistic behavior for a period of five year prior to the actual diagnosis. So how can a… (more…)

10 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Teen

by on May 6, 2017

The goal of parenting teenagers is to raise fully functioning adults by 18 years old. The age is predetermined by the legal system that declares a person an adult at that age. Therefore, regardless of the emotional maturity of person, they need to be equipped to accept adult responsibility at 18. The problem is that… (more…)

The Art of Listening to a Teenage Rant

by on September 30, 2016

The complaint from a teenager begins somewhat rationally. A project has no real application to a subject matter or life in general. A friend is overly critical when support is needed. Or a teacher instructs only one way, leaving kids with different learning styles out in the cold. Then without warning, things escalate and become… (more…)

The Danger of Emotionally Deaf Parents

by on April 1, 2016

Teenagers are notorious for their emotional mood swings. The extreme reaction of “I love you,” and “I hate you,” (sometimes happening within a few minutes) is enough to drive most parents crazy. To cope, many parents ignore their own emotions in an effort to try to manage their teen. Overtime, this develops into a pattern… (more…)

How Do I Know If My Teen Is Rebelling?

by on May 27, 2015

Teenage rebellion is not just about skipping class, staying out past curfew, or smoking anymore, now the rebellion has taken on new forms and looks considerably different from the past.  Understanding the early warning signs of teenage rebellion as opposed to normal development can make the difference not only in your relationship with the teen… (more…)

Struggling with Parenting? Begin with You

by on April 29, 2015

Parenting is hard work.  At times it can be overwhelming, lonely, exhausting, discouraging, exciting, joyful, rewarding, encouraging, and fun within just a few short minutes.  The wide range of emotions  you feel from excitement over watching your child finally ride a bike without training wheels to paralyzing fear as they ride that bike straight into… (more…)

Help! My Child Has Become a Teenager

by on April 22, 2015

It seems like it happened all at once.  One moment you were praising your kid for being so good and the next thing you know he/she is a completely different child in a foreign looking body. Not only are the clothing choices a bit different but the shoe size is rapidly increasing, the attitude is becoming… (more…)

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