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October 16, 2014

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Sleep Deprivation and Teens

Is sleep deprivation a problem in your teen’s life? Teens today are trying to fit more into 24 hours than is possible. The result is that they seldom get enough sleep. Hallie’s Schedule Hallie sat at the breakfast table, but her mind and body weren’t awake. All she wanted was to crawl back under the […]

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September 12, 2014

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Teens Grieve Their Own Way

Teens grieve in many different ways.

Teens grieve well most of the time if left to their own methods. Sometimes adults expect them to grieve in the same way they themselves do. 5 ways to help teens grieve: Accept that your teen may grieve differently than you do. Unless they sense disapproval, they may cry loudly, express anger, or ask uncomfortable […]

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September 4, 2014

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Teen Grief

Teen Grief Shared with Friend

Teen grief cuts deep. It opens the wound and feelings gush. Weeping and wailing filled my small counseling office. The fifteen teens were all friends of a young man who had taken his life. Teens are messy when they grieve. Tears and snot cover faces, sleeves, and shoulders. In Teen Grief, There Are Always Questions […]

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August 21, 2014

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Communication with Teens: 7 Keys

Communication with parents should be empowering

Communication with teens is complicated even in families that have a history of good relationships. There is all that stuff—hormones, peer pressure, and the need for independence—that gets in the way. But, it’s still possible to make it work. Communication after Disobedience Let’s look at the story from a couple of months ago. Dylan is […]

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July 25, 2014

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My Writing Process Blog Hop

Writing faith

My critique partner Teri Jones tagged me in a blog hop about writing process. Teri blogs at www.raisedtoaction.com about bringing up kids with servant hearts. Her work ethic, insight into writing, and commitment to the writing process inspire me. It is my blessing to share my love of writing with Teri who is one of my best […]

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June 26, 2014

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Communication the Morning after the Party

Communication with teens needs food

Communication between teens and their parents can make or break their relationship. In last week’s post, an incident occurred that had the potential for erupting into an argument. Dylan’s parents used good communication skills to prevent temper flares and to help Dylan learn from his mistakes. Dylan Dreads Facing His Parents When Dylan woke before daylight, […]

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June 12, 2014

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Peer Pressure and a Teen Party

peer pressure tough for teens

Peer pressure is the most difficult challenge teens face. Even good kids fall victim to doing what other kids are doing even when it’s wrong. Peer Pressure to Go to Barn Party Dylan, the high school senior in recent articles, seems a saint. As any parent knows, no teens are perfect. He did have his […]

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June 5, 2014

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Empower Kids to Discover Truth

Empower your daughter by listening well

To empower our kids, sometimes we must take a back seat. It can be a humbling experience. Empower Even When It’s Humbling “Mom, guess what.” Nineteen-year-old Mia’s eyes lit up. “Did you know that one of the ways you can get people to open up is to be comfortable with silence in a conversation? Some […]

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May 21, 2014

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Graduation Parties Can Be Fun and Safe

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Graduation parties don’t have to turn into disasters. They can be times of fun, reflection on the past, and goodbyes to friends. Let’s look at some ideas for making them fun and safe. The Party Begins The last senior walked across the stage, took her diploma, and shook hands with the president of the school […]

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May 20, 2014

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Graduation Party Gone Wrong

A graduation party can turn into something that doesn’t look like any kind of party. Let’s look in on family and friends waiting in an emergency room. The Phone Call in the Middle of the Night Robert and Nicole sat on vinyl chairs in the ER waiting room. The phone call at two-twenty a.m. had woken […]

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