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family conflict

Worried About Family Conflict Over The Holiday Ham?

If you spend any time watching Lifetime’s Countdown To Christmas, you’d get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But of course we know that’s not always reality. Extended family gatherings are more like minefields embedded with family conflict.  People are […]

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middle school

Supporting Your Tween Through Middle School

“Middle School Can Be A Wild Ride” A couple of years ago, one of my son’s elementary school teachers summarized perfectly the tween years.  My son was approaching 6th grade and I asked for her thoughts.  She said, “Be prepared. Middle school can be a wild ride.” Working with teens, I understood what she meant. […]

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video gaming

Is My Child’s Video Gaming A Habit Or An OBSESSION!?

Video Gaming Then & Now I remember when my family got our video gaming console in the 1980s. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, where summers were for running around outdoors, but the winters could be brutally cold. This particular winter, my brother had been sick, and I had been stir-crazy.  I’m […]

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teen anxiety

Teen Anxiety: Normal “Growing Pains” Or Something Serious?

The teen years are tough for everyone: parents and teens alike. Having two teenage boys myself, I can speak from professional and personal experience. Riding the daily mood swings of a teen can lead to emotional whiplash if a parent isn’t careful. So, how do you know if your child is experiencing typical “teenage angst” […]

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school anxiety monster

How To Fight The School Anxiety Monster

For a lot of kids, the final weeks of summer mean anticipating new school clothes, learning about future teachers and looking forward to catching up with last year’s school friends.  But for others, the transition back to the classroom isn’t quite as smooth. The “unexpected” that lies ahead (sometimes coupled with a previous year’s unpleasant […]

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