How involved should parents of teens be in school stuff?

No matter how important your teen’s education is to you, remember that it is your teen’s education, (you already did middle school and high school, right?! Now it’s their turn!). As hard as it

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A matter of life or death: protecting your teen’s mental health

Sometimes, teens do not cope well with stress.  Two things I deal with a lot working with tweens and teens are self-harming behaviors and suicidal feelings. Self-harm Self-harm, (also called cutting or

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Stranger danger in the 21st century: Keeping teens safe on the Internet

Many parents tell me that they aren’t taking the time to become technologically savvy. In fact, for some parents it almost seems like a humorous badge of honor that they don’t have a clue about apps

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Bouncing back from tough times: 6 Ways to Become More Resilient

One of the most important things you can teach your child is how to be resilient. Resilience: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens the ability of something

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Help! My son finally moved out…and now he wants to come back home!

Lately I’ve heard from several parents of young adults with ADHD; their kids graduated from high school, went out on their own for a little while, and now want to come back home. This boomerang-ing

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The ABCs of IEPs and 504s

When your child has ADHD, it’s important to make sure s/he gets the accommodations needed to succeed in school. Both a 504 Plan and an IEP provide important protections to students with disabilities.

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4 myths and 1 truth: how well do you know your teen?

As parents, we think we know teens. After all, we all were one, some of us longer ago than others.  As a school counselor in a junior high for almost a decade, I have talked to thousands of tweens and

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Land your helicopter! (and do these things instead)

Have you ever been accused of being a helicopter parent? As I discuss in my new book, it’s pretty common for parents of kids with ADHD to become helicopter parents without even meaning to. The hovering,

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The best 2 questions to ask your teen

Remember when your child was an infant? All of the sudden you heard a squalling coming from the bassinet. (Amazing that such a loud, obnoxious sound could come out of such a little body, huh?) You approach

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