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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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What Should I Say When Someone Wants Answers On a Test?

My friend always asks me to help him with his homework, and the other day he asked me for an answer on the test.  I’m afraid I’m going to get in trouble. I want to say no but don’t know how to. The thing about cheating, is that teachers usually punish the kids who give […]

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Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?

Would you rather be right or be happy? Don’t answer so fast. I know it seems obvious that you’d rather be happy, but is that really accurate?

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Don’t Let Social Media Fool You

Like most things, social media has its pros and cons. It can be a great way to share information with a lot of people quickly, to keep up with what is going in the lives of the people you care about, and even to stay informed about what’s going on in the world. You can […]

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This is MY Life – When Your Parents Have Different Hopes and Dreams Than You Do

From the minute you come into your parents’ lives, all they really want for you is success. In the early years, they watch you succeed at reaching developmental milestones, like smiling, crawling, walking and talking. This likely brought your parents so much joy that they have tons of videos and photos of everything you did! […]

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What To Do If Your Friend Shoplifts

Well, first things first, be careful. You friend’s shoplifting shoplifting can get YOU in to trouble. If she’s spotted shoplifting, they are likely to hold both of you. You might be called an accessory to the crime—like you’re the look-out person or the distraction. Either of these two things can get you in to your […]

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How To Handle The Mean Girl

I’ve heard it said many times: “Girls are so much meaner than boys.” Research has been conducted with boys and girls about the different ways they are aggressive, and it shows that boys tend to be more physically aggressive with each other, while girls tend to be more socially exclusionary with each other. In other […]

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What To Do If Your Group Of Friends Is Shutting You Out

Let’s be honest: Kids and teenagers can be mean sometimes. The teen years are especially hard because boys and girls have a lot to deal with at school, with friends, and with parents telling them what to do. Sometimes adults forget just how stressful life can be for a teenager. The sad consequence is that […]

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How To Increase Your Self-Esteem When Dating

It’s hard to feel confident when you’re a teenager. Your body is changing and awkward, your hormones are raging and even causing acne, you’re trying to figure out who you are, and you are extremely self-conscious. The good news is that you’re not alone. It is pretty normal to be self-conscious when you’re going through […]

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When Your Parents Don’t Like Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

There is nothing more exciting than being a teenager in love. That feeling you get when you see your boyfriend or girlfriend. The butterflies you feel when you’re around them. The anticipation of that next text message or SnapChat or FaceTime. Looking forward to seeing them each day at school. Staring at them across the […]
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