How to deal with a vampire (your teen)

It’s summer break here in the U.S. and most teens are out of school, which made me think about vampires. Specifically, how a lot of teens start to live like vampires in the summer: awake all night,

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Helping your teen become motivated by using natural and logical consequences

As you probably know by now, especially if you read this post, discipline and punishment are not effective ways to “motivate” teens to change their behavior. That’s because motivation has to come

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The new puppy (and practicing what I preach)

Before Christmas, my younger son mentioned that he and his girlfriend were thinking of getting a puppy. He asked, “What do you think?” So I told him! Puppies are so much work; like having a baby! They

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What to do if your teen stops trying

I remember how it felt back when my son with ADHD was a teen: as time went on, it was clear that I cared WAY more than he did about just about everything. He seemed content to just coast along and the

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The truth about worrying

When my sons were younger, I was a worrier. In fact, I’m not an athlete but I could’ve gotten a gold medal in worrying if that was a thing! (And a silver medal in guilt trips, but that’s

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Seeing Failure in a New Light

Recently, during a conversation with some parents about the benefits of letting kids experience natural/logical consequences in order to develop motivation, several of the parents said this: “Failure

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Stop the insanity!

Maybe you’ve heard the quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.” While that may be true, I think it begs the question: How can you

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That time I walked home from school: why you should let your kids learn lessons ‘the hard way’

I had a very insulated, protected life growing up. I’m not exaggerating! For example, my mom would make us unplug all the TVs and fans and stay off the phone (and the toilet) during thunderstorms…and

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Teaching teens how to say ‘I’m sorry’: the 6 Rs of a real apology

One thing is for sure when you have a teen with ADHD (or any teen for that matter): you will likely encounter a lot situations where they make a mistake, screw something up or get in trouble and they come

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