This week, we make space for some of the lighter things in life. It’s time to talk about being playful and having fun! In my work with parents, I use a three-pronged focus on self-care, communication, and child-centered action. Each of these elements deserves, in fact, depends on, joy… YOU and your teenager deserve to have fun and to play.
The stories of my students and clients often mirror my own experiences as a teenager, and I’m confident that continued conversation is crucial to healing and the end of stigmatization on an individual and societal level. Dialogue about mental health deserves space, awareness, and safety. Use these strategies to support conversation about mental health with your teen.
Uh oh, did this title cause you to tense up a bit in your chest? Did your shoulders creep up towards your ears? And... did you have a strong desire to keep reading? You are not alone. Keep reading for 7 ways to talk to teenagers about boundaries and romantic relationships.
Friendship is complex, just like family relationships. There are many layers of needs, preferences, pressures, expectations, and ambiguities to navigate. I have 5 strategies for talking to teens about friendship. These drive meaningful dialogue and invite your teen to develop their sense of empowerment.
5 Strategies for Maintaining Practices that Bring Peace and Ease
Considering how important your own parents’ model was on your own relationships, realize that your relationships are similarly powerful models that are currently being built in your child’s mind.
It serves everyone in the family system when we choose to focus on repairing harm, rather than defaulting to punishments.
What does the moment of "I can't" look like for you? Having a tough afternoon, day, or week, is normal; it’s a part of the human experience! It’s a normal part of being a parent and leading your family. It’s a normal part of being a teen and searching for your place in the world. Yet, our society has trained us to hide or ignore emotions. We are often taught to disconnect from our emotions, to disregard them, or to hide them. Being with our sensations in intentional, compassionate ways enables and empowers us to move towards healing and personal growth. Try these 3 Ways of Getting Out of an "I Can't" Belief.