When you hear your daughter utter “I’m stressing,” what does that mean? I hear this expression all the time from the parents and teens I work with. When I ask my clients, what’s causing this chronic stressful state, it always boils down to one unpleasant emotion – fear. The fear of: Not living up to her parents’ standards or other people’s expectations Disappointing herself by setting a goal and failing
Are you constantly reading Parenting books for new ideas and strategies to help your daughter cope with the teenage-turbulence you are all experiencing? Maybe you appreciate all the good ideas and suggestions you gather, but, when it comes to actually trying those new approaches, you feel like they’re stuck in your head? Preparing yourself to try a new parenting “strategy” can be scary and rattle even the most confident parents.
Do different opinions and priorities with your teenager lead to messy communication and endless power struggles? Whether your daughter is the engage-in-battle type or more reserved, the Back-Door Approach may help you create that authentic connection you crave. In our full-speed-ahead-world, it’s increasingly difficult to slow down long enough to get a pulse on what’s really going on in your relationship. Rather than taking the rapid-fire, nagging or lecturing approach
Are you freaking out about your child’s transition into Middle School? It’s time to become familiar with the 3 Biggest Freak Out Factors and the corresponding Survival Guide so you and your student don’t get overwhelmed. In this three-part series, I’m addressing the 3 Biggest Freak Out Factors associated with making the transition into Middle School. The Fear Factor – Strike a Balance The Friend Drama – Navigate the Turbulence