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4 Simple Ways to Overcome the Biggest Enemy to Good Parenting 3 Reasons Why Your Teen Might Need a Smartphone for School Time For a Gut Check 7 Tips for Your Teens and Social Media Some Rules for Teens and Their Cell Phones
 

4 Simple Ways to Overcome the Biggest Enemy to Good Parenting

In my years of working with families I have discovered there are some common roadblocks to a successful parent-teen relationship. However, one roadblock that I see time and time again with parents that are struggling with their teens is not something that you would think of right off the top of your head. But this […]

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3 Reasons Why Your Teen Might Need a Smartphone for School

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 […]

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Time For a Gut Check

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 […]

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7 Tips for Your Teens and Social Media

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 […]

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Some Rules for Teens and Their Cell Phones

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 […]

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My Teenager Is Failing School! Now what?

Failure is ugly. It’s unforgiving and unpleasant. Nobody likes to fail. We especially don’t like to hear that our child is failing. Getting that phone call/email/report card is the fuel for what may be an epic battle between you and your teen. Before putting on your boxing gloves and entering the ring, consider the following: […]

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Parent-Teenager Turf Wars

Anybody remember playing games like Monopoly or Risk? The key to the game was the acquisition of prime property. By owning Boardwalk (in Monopoly) or Australia (in Risk) you were able to control (and likely win!) the game. Turf wars are waging in our homes between parents and teens that are not unlike those we […]

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The Rumors Of My Absence Are Greatly Exaggerated

First, let me say that I am well aware that I have poorly paraphrased a Mark Twain quote for today’s blog post. However, to say the rumors of my demise just seemed so serious! I want to take a moment to apologize for my extended absence from Tough Love Parenting. I promise I still have […]

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Rule Number Six

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 […]

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How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Book Review

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 […]

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3 Resources for Finding Help in Your Area

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 […]

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August Monthly Parenting Challenge – Identifying the Expert in You

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 […]

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Cult of Personality – Personality Clashes Between Parents and Teens

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 […]

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How to Get Your Teen Cell Phone Contract

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 […]

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Avoiding The Friend Zone

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 […]

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