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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 […]

A Closer Look at The Five Love Languages for Teenagers

This post is part of a series we are calling Parenting Picks. In this series we take a look at resources out there on the parent-teen relationship. Resources can include: books, magazine articles, other blogs, blog articles or anything else that might be of interest to our readers. This week’s Parenting Pick is a closer look at […]

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The Know It All Deconstructed

This post is a part of a larger series about academic failure. Previously we talked about four common types of teens that may be failing school. This post is a closer look at The Know It All. We will be looking at some reasons why The Know It All is failing and some tips for […]

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The Frustrated: Why? What’s next?

This post is a part of a larger series about academic failure. Previously we talked about four common types of teens that may be failing school. This post is a closer look at The Frustrated. We will be looking at some reasons why The Frustrated is failing and some tips for how to help your […]

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The Punisher is failing: Why? What’s next?

This post is a part of a larger series about academic failure. Previously we talked about four common types of teens that may be failing school. This post is a closer look at The Punisher. We will be looking at some reasons why The Punisher is failing and some tips for how to help your […]

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The Worrier is Failing: Why and What’s Next?

This post is a part of a larger series about academic failure. Previously we talked about four common types of teens that may be failing school. This post is a closer look at The Worrier. We will be looking at some reasons why The Worrier is failing and some tips for how to help your […]

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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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