I recently had the privilege to write an article for the Stop Medicine Abuse campaign. Their mission is to prevent abuse of over the counter medications, especially cough medicines containing DXM. I decided to write a piece for parents about how to cope if your concern about your teen’s substance use. My tips apply whether your concern is OTC drugs, […]
I always say: Parenting is like a marathon. You’re in it for the long haul. Day to day in the trenches is hard. I’m right there with you as I have two teens myself. Some days are great and some day I just want to run away. I put together a few tips to help you through. Parenting Teens […]
It’s so very easy to focus on all the challenges of parenting teenagers. Even the research shows that teens are often moody, impulsive, and have poor judgment and planning. We all know that those teenage years are stressful and awkward beyond belief for both teens and parents. Teens often get a bad rap. After recently writing a post about how to cope if […]
Helping Teens through the Holidays After Divorce by Sharon Martin, LCSW The holiday season is stressful for most people. If you and your children are adjusting to the holidays post-divorce, it can be even more stressful. Below I’ve provided some tips for helping teens through the holidays after divorce.
Parenting Teens: Pick your Battles Having high expectations for your child is great. Expecting perfection is not. Parents: getting on your kid’s case about everything is a waste of your time, and more importantly, going to make your child feel bad (incompetent, ugly, ashamed). How would you feel if your husband rolled his eyes when he saw your new outfit? How […]
Parenting Teens: Setting Family Rules We all know that clear rules and expectations are important for children of all ages. Teenagers are still learning how to make good decisions and control their impulses. So, how do you go about setting rules and expectations? I suggest starting with 3-5 rules. Generally, older teens require fewer rules than younger teens. Too many rules […]
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Parenting Teens: How to Cope if your Teenager is Arrested First let me say that I am not an attorney. And, therefore, this article does not provide legal advice. If you need an attorney, please consult one in your area. I am a psychotherapist. I have spent 20 years working with teenagers and families in various capacities – homeless and […]