This is a guest post by my husband, a confessed technophile and soon-to-be life-altering teacher. You can read his thoughts on education and technology on his blog at PikeMall Tech. Amanda recently shared with you some info on your teens and social media. As she was writing that post, we started a discussion when she […]
We have explored a variety of different topics at this point in our journey together. These topics have ranged from very broad issues like and concerns, like understanding yourself as a parent, to the more specific, as in our ideas for quality time with your teen. I thought it might be time for a gut […]
I spoke briefly about teens and technology in my last post but thought I would take a moment to focus specifically on the topic of social media. For those unfamiliar with the term social media, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and […]
More and more I will have parents and teens who will complain about cell phones. Why can’t I have a cell phone? Why do they want a cell phone so badly? Why can’t I have a better cell phone? Why are they always on their cell phones!? As parents it is difficult to understand the teenager […]
I am sure that if you have successfully raised a child into teenage years then you have heard people tell you that you are not y0ur child’s friend, you are their parent. I really wish it was as easy as that. It is difficult to find a balance between being a parent and being a […]
Posted on 27 November 2013.
As I am preparing to return to my job following a nice week of vacation I have begun to notice the stress returning. I feel the tension beginning to build in my shoulders and neck, for two days my dreams have all been work related and I am already trying to prepare my mind for […]
Posted on 14 October 2013.
I have found that sometimes parents will scour the internet and Amazon and try to figure out the best possible book, workbook, tips or tricks to help improve their relationship with their child. Most parents have to rely on the feedback given on those sites and hope they aren’t being led astray. Let’s all be […]
Posted on 25 September 2013.
If some of you are avid readers you may have noticed that your favorite parenting blogger has been MIA here lately. I have taken some time away from the blog to study and prepare for a clinical licensing examination. I completed that difficult challenge last week and am planning on making a far more regular […]
Posted on 28 August 2013.
The time has come for this month’s parenting challenge. If you are new to Tough Love Parenting once a month I post a challenge that is to encourage you to go deeper in your relationship with your teen. Sometimes challenges are more difficult than others. Some require you to do something and some just ask […]
Posted on 21 August 2013.
I have had countless parents sit across from me and identify they feel the reason they cannot connect with their youth is a personality clash. I have seen the same number of teens say they just can’t get along because “our personalities just don’t mesh”. DISCLAIMER: If those have been words that you have spoken […]
Posted on 13 August 2013.
I know that a lot of my posts lately have centered around technology and teaching teens to be good digital citizens. The reason for that is because I feel that technology and social media are at the heart of a teen’s social circle, their preferred after-school activity, their lifeline. Teens rarely memorize phone numbers anymore […]
Posted on 19 July 2013.
As promised, once a month I will take a time out from my regular posts and issue a parenting challenge. These challenges will vary in difficulty and levels of fun! Now onto this month’s challenge!! This month’s challenge may be easier for some than others. I want to challenge all parents to spend the next […]
Posted on 15 July 2013.
As promised I am continuing a series of blog posts discussing some of the more difficult issues that parents of adolescents face. Today my focus will be on substance abuse. I have worked for several years providing help to teens and their parents as they struggle to conquer this issue. First, I think it is […]
Posted on 03 July 2013.
My last post focused on when to get outside help for you and your teen. In light of that information I thought it may be helpful in some of the upcoming posts to discuss some of the more prominent issues facing the parent-teen relationship today. These are issues that I feel should absolutely be addressed […]
Posted on 01 July 2013.
As I was going through my regular work day I had a parent stop me and ask an important question. She asked, “As a therapist, when do you think is the right time to get some outside help?” We then had a brief conversation on the topic and got into some more details of why […]