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Valentine’s Day Blues: How Is Your Teen Coping?

Teens on valentine's day handing each other cards

February and Valentine’s Day usually represent a time of love and everything associated with love. Romance, flowers, jewelry, fine food, and chocolates – these are all good! For your teen, however, this could be a time of feeling isolated, unloved, alone, and just not wanted. Think about it. Your spouse and you are planning something […]

Social Media and Our Perception of Reality

Teenage boy checking his social media likes for facebook and instagram

While social media can help build relationships, encourage connection, offer support, motivate young people, and spark one’s creative side, it can have negative implications if misused. Social Media Self-Perception vs. Reality There is no question that social media can negatively impact a person’s self-perception and mental health. Typically, this is caused by comparing ourselves to […]

Is Halloween Increasing Stress and Depression in Your Teen?

It’s hard to fathom that dressing up in costumes, asking for candy, or handing out candy can increase the stress level in our teens.  But the shortened daylight hours and longing for one’s younger days when Halloween was innocent and fun can actually cause or increase the level of depression for your teen. Here are […]

How Can You Benefit From Positive Psychology?

What is Positive Psychology? In simple terms, positive psychology is defined as “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008). It studies human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people […]

What Are Gender Pronouns and Why Are They Important?

What are pronouns? A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking (like I or you) or someone or something that is being talked about (like she, I, them, and this). Gender pronouns (like he, hers, and them) specifically refer to people that you are talking about. What is a “Gender Pronoun”? A […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Are You Ready?

According to US News and World Report, teen suicide is up 4.5-fold (450%) in the last decade, with the bulk of the increase in the last three years.Covid lockdowns and social malfunction have been the new fuel on the depression fire.  National data has given us alarming and awful statistics about how our teens are […]

Is Your Teen’s Head on Straight as Schools Open for Fall?

For some, resuming pre-pandemic activities requires a gradual approach. Be open to talking to your younger family members to help find balance. Quiet time after school, and in between playdates and activities, may help children ease back into a normal routine.

All of us as parents are so grateful that our teens will finally be able to go back to school in a few weeks.This means that they may learn in the proper setting, spend time with their friends and do what teens need to be doing to develop and grow.So, this is a good time […]

Tackling the Transition from Teenager to Adulthood

father giving advice to son on nature trip

​ I came across an article on the Internet offering teen advice that I found very effective and wished to share with you.  11 Tips to Help Your Teenagers Navigate Early Adulthood Tip 1 Take your time You will grow up fast enough without trying to rush the process. tip 2 Don’t try to plan […]

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

young couple spending time together in the woods

When you think of the word “boundary,” what comes to mind? You might think of the local river that separates your city from the next town over, the doorstep that separates your classroom from the hallway, or the big red STOP sign posted at each crosswalk.  In short, boundaries signal limits, where one thing stops […]

10 Ways To Be a Good Friend

two guy friends sitting on a vw bus

What is one kind of relationship that can… Be an immense source of happiness and fulfillment, Teach you vital social skills, Help you define your priorities, Offer you support through thick and thin, Significantly reduce your feelings of loneliness and isolation, Give you a reality check every now and again, and Help you create social […]

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