How Teens Can Apologize…For Real

When you think of an apology, you probably think of the words, “I’m sorry,” as this has become synonymous with apologizing. As children, we are all taught to say, “I’m sorry,” and we seek to hear those very words from anyone whom we think may have wronged us in any way. It’s as if hearing […]

How Do I Get My Parents To Trust Me?

So your parents don’t trust you, and you’re wondering why. To start with, recognize that a big part of this may be their own fears and worries about you and your well-being. Sometimes what looks like distrust is really just fear. It’s also possible that what feels like distrust comes from their feeling that they […]

My Sibling Is a Pest

“My little brother tags along with me everywhere. I can’t get rid of him, and my mom says I have to be nice to him. He’s an embarrassment! Help!” Let’s face it. You are the person your brother or sister looks up to and wants to be like. You know so much more than your […]

When You Make a Really Bad Decision

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your parents or others are asking you what the heck you were thinking or why on earth you did something and the only answer you can come up with is, “I don’t know?” I mean, the reality is that you actually know you made a really […]

When Your Parents Are Never Around

It’s hard enough being a teen these days, without any added problems or pressures.  But when your parents are never around, things can get really tough. While many teens might think that having total freedom and no parents to boss them around and nag them would be a dream come true, the reality is that […]

Are You an Enabler?

The term enabler is often used when we talk about addictions, but it also applies to all sorts of other problematic behaviors. An enabler is a person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behavior in another (Google Dictionary). For teens, this could look like lying for a friend so they don’t get in trouble […]
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