Just for Teens

Be Careful About What You Say To Yourself…Someone Is Listening!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Just for Teens, Raising Self-Esteem | 0 comments

If a friend says to you, “You look so cute in that dress!” …what would your first thought be? “No I don’t..She’s lying.” “Why is she saying that? I must look fat.”  Or do you say, “That was so nice of her to notice and point it out to me.” “Yea, I just saved up my babysitting money and finally was able to buy this dress I’ve been wanting for so long. I’m so glad she likes it too.” When you make a mistake on a test do you say, “What’s wrong with me?”  “That was so stupid of me!” “I’m gonna fail this class.” Or do you say, “It was only...

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Why Teens Intentionally Hurt Themselves

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Cutting / Self-Injury, Just for Teens, Parenting Teens, Raising Self-Esteem | 0 comments

New research shows that self-harming behavior may be on the rise among teens. Those who do it say it’s a way to deal with emotional pain.  Please read this important and informative article for which I was interviewed. Why Teens Intentionally Hurt Themselves

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When It’s Time To Let Go

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Just for Teens, Parenting Children, Parenting Teens, Raising Self-Esteem, What Would You Do | 0 comments

When It’s Time To Let Go

I am honored to have my article “When It’s Time to Let Go” in Inside Armonk magazine. Some tips to avoid “Helipcoter Parenting.” As always I welcome your questions and comments. Wikipedia defines a Helicopter Parent as “a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead.”  

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The Importance of Grandparents

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Just for Teens, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

I was lucky to have known 3 of my 4 grandparents as well as one great-grandmother. My great-grandmother, Nanny, lived until I was 13 years old. My paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather passed away when I was 15 years old. My maternal grandmother attended my wedding and lived until I was 30 years old. The relationships I had with all were special in their own ways and allowed me to see the importance of extended family from past generations. My daughters also know 3 of their 4 grandparents, all of whom play important roles in their lives. Some of the benefits of these relationships...

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How To Make Yourself Feel Better

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Just for Teens | 0 comments

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are your own worst critic.” ? Most people are much harder on themselves than others and than they perceive others would be. Try some of these tips to stop this thought pattern. 1) Validate Yourself. Try to use nonjudgmental self-statements such as,  “I am allowed to feel this way” or “Everyone feels like this sometimes.”  It should be noted that there is a difference between these validating statements and actually liking the emotion you are feeling. With these statements you are attempting to eliminate the tendency to add even more negative...

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How to Handle Your Anxiety

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Just for Teens | 0 comments

With school starting, many teens are already feeling pressure. It is important to be aware that there will always be events, people, situations that will stress you out and those things are out of your control. The one thing you are able to control is your reaction to the events, people and/or situations. Here are a few helpful suggestions to use to battle your anxiety. 1) Try to think of all of the negative or “unhealthy” thoughts you often have. Then, try to come up with as many healthy or positive thoughts you can think of to counteract the negative ones. 2) Play through the entire...

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