Tag: youth

Supporting A Depressed Teen

Emotionally Supporting

Emotionally SupportingYou’ve cleared one huge hurdle and identified possible depression or suicidal thoughts/actions in your teen But how do you support them now? Should you camp at the foot of your teens bed and take their shoelaces “just in case”? Let’s look at different ways to give support by ACTING and not REACTING to the situation. (more…)

5 Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence

teen dating violence

teen dating violenceWith the recent increase in domestic violence #Trending I think that now is a good time to talk a little bit about TeenDV, or teen dating violence. (more…)

7 Helpful Back To School Tips

7TipsSchoolAs the new school year starts here in Arizona I want to share a few tips that I’ve picked up over the years. Some of the tips are safety related, some school & education, and others just general tips. Each one has proven successful more times than not and will help make the transition from Summer Days to School Days a whole lot more bearable. (more…)

Teens: Surviving The Summer

surviving the summerReader Sandy asked if I could touch on summertime and keeping teens out of trouble. I don’t believe that any specific situations cause teens to misbehave or get into trouble. Surviving the summer for teens can be brutal. It’s usually hot, potentially boring, at times unsupervised, and a possibly a recipe for trouble. I’m going to outline a few ways tell make sure that your teen is not just surviving the summer, but excelling every step of the way! (more…)

6 Steps To Positive Parenting Teens/Kids

6StepsToPositiveParentingTeens/KidsI wanted to share my 6 Steps To Positive Parenting Teens/Kids with you guys. Of course these are not hard and fast rules and every situation is different and should be treated so but I think if you implement these simple things into your everyday life things could be a little easier. (more…)

Tantrums, Communication and Sometimes Being Wrong

tantrumKids throw fits. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. How you handle those situations & how you communicate with your kids can set the tone for future tantrums too. (more…)

Basketball and Teenagers in Crisis: Therapeutic Value?

basketball and teenagersOne thing is true when it comes to working with teens in crisis, especially boys, basketball and teenagers are a perfect fit. It was a perfect fit when I was 18 and first started, and it’s still a perfect fit 15+ years later. (more…)

Child Abuse: The Ripple Effect – Part 6 – The Guilt

guiltAlong with anger is guilt. Even the loneliest among us feels guilt. It may be because of leaving someone behind to suffer in our place. It may be leaving behind your family because no matter how horrible they were to you, they are still family and disregarding those bonds is hard, even for an abuse survivor. It may be over feelings of betrayal or feelings that you deserved the punishment that was given to you. (more…)

Child Abuse: The Ripple Effect – Part 4 – The Mask

maskI think that as humans, all teenagers wear masks. We wear them to fit in, we wear them to be popular or to get the girl or make the team or hang out with the right group of friends but this mask is different. It’s a custom made mask, its not a football players mask, although it could look like one from the outside, it’s a mask that feels so real that for a time you forget you’re wearing the mask but the reminder always comes back. (more…)

Child Abuse: The Ripple Effect – Part 3 – The First Ripples

ripplesImagine a stone being thrown into a lake. That stone being thrown, that violent action causes the water around it to spread out into ripples. At first those ripples are close together and well defined and as time goes on they become wider and farther apart. This is the way that abuse affects our lives. Although the ripples are farther apart they are still there, even if you cant see the ripples I assure you they are still moving and still there. (more…)

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