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Are You Judgmental?

Your teen years are a time of exploration and figuring out your own identity.  As you try on different personas, styles, and even friends, you will eventually come to figure out exactly who you are.  In the meantime, teenagers often struggle to fit in, even though that is likely the single most important thing to […]

How Can I Get My Girlfriend Back?

She caught me flirting with her friend and broke up with me.  I told her it was just a stupid little thing and didn’t mean anything, but she doesn’t seem to believe me. One place to start is by asking your ex-­girlfriend to talk with you about what happened.  You’ll need to: be a good listener […]

How to Get the Respect You Want and Deserve

Respect is something everyone deserves. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, black or white, gay or straight, educated or not, rich or poor…you deserve respect. It is not unreasonable to expect this from others. Respect simply means “to show regard or consideration for.” How hard is that really? The alternative to respect […]

The Side Effects of Social Media

Why does my dad keep saying not to put pictures of myself partying on my Instagram page? When I was in high school, my mom always said never write anything down that you wouldn’t want to see published on the front page of the newspaper. Of course I found that annoying then, but her point […]

Things Teenagers Say When They’re In Trouble

Multiple times each day, we ask our friends and ask us, “How are you?” It is as common as saying hello. We even ask total strangers how they are doing when go to Starbucks or the mall. Rarely, however, do we answer this question honestly, even when asked by our closest friends and family members. […]

Participation Trophies vs the Real World

When I was growing up, I remember that we had winners and losers. The Olympics awarded gold, silver and bronze metals to the winners, and everyone else did not win; they were the losers. School sports and professional sports always had a winner and a loser. Once your team lost enough games, you were simply […]

How to Negotiate and Compromise with Your Parents

It’s hard to get along with your parents when you’re a teenager. Not only have you become more focused on your friends and probably a bit moody as well, you and your parents truly want different things. You want independence, freedom, and just to have fun. Your parents want you to be safe, be responsible, […]

Why Forgiveness Is Difficult (But Important)

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well (wikipedia.com). Another definition (Merriam-Webster) is forgive: to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : […]
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