Tips for Parents: Weeding Through the Facts About Teens and Marijuana

The Mason family is like so many others that I have seen in counseling. They happen to have two boys–Sam who is fourteen, and Max who is seventeen-but I’ve heard the same story from families with girls. Both parents are particularly concerned about Sam whose grades have been spiraling downward at the same time as […]

Can TV, Videogames, and Computer Use Be Harming Your Teen’s Health?

Although worries about sex, drugs, and school still top the list when I talk to parents of teenagers, the issue of screen time, video games and social media sites often have parents and teens in bitter battles. What’s a good parent to do? According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average […]

Does Your Toddler Tweet? Protecting Young Kids on the Internet

Did you know that more than half of kids aged 6 to 9 now use some kind of children’s social network? Or that 47% talk to their friends on the Internet? And that 14% are on Facebook in spite of the fact that they are underage? To top off these startling revelations of a new study is […]

7 Hints for Setting Boundaries with Your Kids

“The most important thing parents can give their children is love. The second most important thing is discipline.”    -T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. Many parents today could use some serious coaching on how to create healthier boundaries with their kids. Just spend some time at a park where lots of families hang out and you’ll […]

Happy Families Have Healthy Boundaries: Part 1

“No” is a complete sentence.” -Anne Lamott “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Are you frustrated because you have to tell your child to do something ten times before she listens? Are you exhausted because you are doing more than your fair share of the housework? How often do […]

How To Enhance Your Kids’ (And Your Own) Motivation: Part 2

”The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”                                                              -Norman Vincent Peale In Part 1 […]