May 2017

3 Rules for Arguing with Teenagers Without Pushing Them Away

It’s difficult for us to communicate these days. We get angry or frustrated. We say things we regret. We bruise each other with our words. Being a parent of a teenager is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Even when I’m confident in my decisions, there is an aching doubt that wakes me in the night, flooding my mind with worry or regret. I read books, talk to other parents, I determine to do better. And still, somehow, I say the wrong thing. I hurt you and you turn away.

Negotiating with Your Teenager

Your child is not your enemy. You have to be willing to negotiate and prepare your own thoughts and reasons for why you say what you do and to share those reasons with your child.

Kids Look for Limits on What Parents Share About Them on Social Media

A new study finds that children and adolescents would prefer that their parents limit what is shared about them online. University of Michigan researchers discovered sharing content on soccer games, family vacations and reports of good grades are OK for social media sharing. Posts with baby photos or references to punishments and significant others — not so much.

Social Anxiety in Toddlers

Social confidence varies from one child to another, and across time and situations. Parents can help their kids cope with social anxiety, and enjoy social interactions.

Involving Parents May Be Best for Disruptive Behavior Therapy

New research shows that therapy for children with disruptive behavior disorders is more effective when parents participate. Researchers found that this approach showed the best results compared to more than 20 other therapeutic methodologies. Disrupti...

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