So many of my clients have problems with angry teenage boys that a brief post is in order. Teenage girls get angry, too, of course, but they tend to be more amenable to processing emotions and talking them through, which
I’m quickly approaching a time where I have teenagers in the home. I vividly remember being one myself not too long ago. My main chore in the house was the dishes. I had to hand wash them. Ugh. Other than
We understand the benefits of mentoring young people when we hear the powerful stories of teens whose lives have been changed by a single, caring adult. If you listen, those stories are everywhere. Like me, you likely have a story
As high schoolers, the pressure is high to pad college applications with extracurricular activities in hopes that such displays of well-roundedness will tip the admissions scales towards acceptance. Fortunately, studies have shown that the benefits of extra curricular activities extend beyond
The teen years are a time of rapid growth, exploration, and risk taking. Taking risks provides young people the opportunity to test their skills and abilities and discover who they are. But, some risks—such as smoking, using drugs, drinking and
One evening my sons came home with the same exclamation, “It’s amazing how many kids hate their parents!” We talked for an hour or so about why, and I’ve interviewed several teenagers over the last few months for further clarity.
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Part I: Establishing an Acceptable Body Image According to Research: 80% of high school girls reported that they were above the weight of which they would be happiest (Fisher et al., 1991) Early adolescent girls are already aware of the