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Parenting an Adolescent

Parenting an Adolescent

During adolescence children strive for independence. They flee from the nuances of childhood and simultaneously ignore the responsibilities of adulthood. If they make a mistake, they expect parents to rescue them; but when they accomplish something great, they take full credit. Naturally, this lends itself to friction between parents and their adolescent children. Adolescents often […]

The College Application Nightmare

The College Application Nightmare

An estimated 20.5 million students attend college and enrollment rates have increased by approximately 20 percent between 2003 and 2013.1 Many parents are guilty of measuring success according to which universities have granted their offspring a ticket of acceptance. This can make the college planning and the application process a nightmare for high school juniors and their families. Adolescents need […]

Whose Bed is it Anyways?

Whose Bed is it Anyways?

You’ve been asleep for 2 hours when feet tiptoe into the bedroom around 1AM followed by a blanket being dragged across the carpet. Johnny hops between you and your spouse and is wrapped in a cocoon within minutes. Too tired to move, you close your eyes and go back to sleep. Your little visitor now […]

Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety is an internal state of restlessness that may be difficult to suppress. Some people bite their nails, while others sweat and shake. The physical and mental effects of anxiety disorders can be debilitating. Therefore, children must employ effective coping mechanisms before their anxiety becomes unbearable. The approximate lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders is 16%.1 Generalized anxiety […]

Visible Blindness

Visible Blindness

Kristy was breathtaking. She was about 4’11”, had beautiful brown hair and blistering blue eyes. Her skin was gentle, soft, much like a China doll and always natural. Kristy didn’t wear makeup, she didn’t need to. However, she didn’t see herself as beautiful. She couldn’t. All she could see was loneliness at the lunch table […]

Detecting Depression

Detecting Depression

Parents know there’s something wrong. Their child has been to the pediatrician and the medical work up is unremarkable – but something is off. A parent’s instinct is often more helpful than clinical tests. If a parent is concerned, it’s everyone’s job to listen. In order to meet clinical criteria for major depression, symptoms last […]

Leading: Appealing to others’ needs and wants

Leading: Appealing to others’ needs and wants

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Leaders have the ability to motivate others to perform. They understand that human behavior is driven by needs like shelter, food and clothing. Once these needs are fulfilled, people extend their […]

It’s not “fine”

It’s not “fine”

Everyone has pet peeves that make them irritated; one of mine is using the word “fine” as a complete response to a question. Think about someone you know who uses the word fine regularly. Is it possible that they use the word so “Feelings Inside are Not Expressed?” Or is it because they are, according to Aerosmith, “Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic, […]

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