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The Language of Teen Love

Source: yourteenmag.com By: Samantha Zabell For anyone who has accused a teen of having a limited vocabulary, consider the effort that has gone into coming up with an entire glossary around the teenage love scene. Here, the most important to help you stay in the loop. Talking: Leave it to the teens to take the act of chatting and […]

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How Do I Get My Teen to Counseling?

By: Connie Mayer, LMFT Director of Outpatient Counseling I often answer phone calls from parents who want to know how to get their teenager to come to counseling. I have been a therapist for 30 years and I have heard the same fears and hesitations. “My son told me he wont get in the car”,”I […]

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Is your Kid Too Mature?

by Rom Brafman PhD. & Ali Rodriguez, MFT Trainee Site Director and Intern at La Entrada Middle School   With so many demands placed on kids these days, school gets more and more competitive every year.  Parents feel compelled to help out their kids by getting them prepared for the years of education that lie ahead.  […]

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When Your Teen Rejects Your Hug

source: yourteenmag.com By: Diana Simeon Two experts, Dr. Laura Markham and Laurie Couture, give their advice on how parents should approach physical affection when a teenager resists—or outright rejects—it. Here’s what they recommended: First, “respect your child’s boundaries,” advises Markham, a clinical psychologist and editor of AhaParenting.com, and start with non-physical ways of connecting, including verbal affection […]

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5 Times It’s Okay to Let Your Teen Break the Rules

Source: http://thestir.cafemom.com By: Robin Stokes It isn’t easy being the parent of a teenager. But let us not forget, it ain’t exactly a walk in the park BEING a teenager, either. Between the stress of a constantly changing mind and body, societal pressures, and worries about what the future holds, being a teenager can be (dare I say it) […]

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How do we teach our kids to cope with stress?

By Pamela Garfield, LCSW Site Director at Gunn High School Our kids just got through the end of the semester and finals.  Finals, holidays, college applications and the many other pressures of this time of year can be very challenging. Sometimes life just takes over and we have to go into “survival mode” to get […]

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My Teen is Sexting! Help!

Source: Yourteenmag.com Expert: Tori Cordiano, Ph.D. Question: My daughter was sexting boys who she hardly knew. She did not send any photos (only sexting language), although one boy did ask her to send a picture of her breasts, but she did not. We spoke with her and she said doing it to “fit in.” What do we […]

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What do teens want from their parents?

By: Charlotte Villemoes, LMFT ACS On-Campus Counseling Site Director at Woodside High School Before I make a call home to a parent, I always ask the teen I have been seeing if they have any messages for mom and dad that they would like me to deliver. They always do. Most of the time the message […]

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Parenting Teenagers? Who Will Make It Through

By Renee Brown Source: YourTeenMag.com My teens are now teetering on the brink of young adulthood, and I am surprised that they still need me. I hear from friends that being “mom” never really ends. Some people might find this distressing but I say, “Thank goodness.” It just seems to get better and better as […]

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Who’s In Your Teen’s Village?

by Martha Chan, LMFT Site Director at Terman Middle School By now the saying that “It takes a village to raise a child” has entered our language, but what does it mean for the parents of teenagers?  When our children enter adolescence, one of their primary developmental tasks is to branch out beyond the immediate family […]

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