Kim Wilde sang an 80’s cover version of the song “You Keep Me Hanging On”. So I Set Myself Free.
The fact of the matter is, next time, ask for clarification. Being honest with oneself closes the mystery book forever. The effects of "Healing Heather" continue.
Heather Strang through her wisdom and her book "The Quest" challenges me to see beyond the knee jerk reaction of fear.
We love our kids. Year after year, we do anything to give them every advantage in the world and nudge them toward the life of their dreams. This is often at the cost of our personal time and relationships. So many parents feel like they have put their life on hold to put all their available energy and resources into their kids.
Three pieces of advice I wish I'd known when I was her age.
My daughter is in her first year of high school and navigating the world of girl drama, boyfriends and school dances. As painful as it can be to watch her suffer through some of this, I want her to know a few things that I wish I'd known at her age.
The best time to teach respect, responsibility and resilience is when kids are small. Not too late.
Imagine a scene where you ask your teen to pick up his clothes and he smiles and does it immediately. Does that sound too far-fetched. Maybe not, read on….
Every teen misbehaves at some point or another. From talking back and slamming doors to ditching class and using profanity. It’s normal for teens to want to feel independent, but it’s not acceptable for them to act out in a negative manner. Don’t go to the extreme, however — sending them off to boarding school isn’t the answer.
Failed time-outs can be a huge source of stress for parents and is typically a recipe for even more.
Failed time-outs can be a huge source of frustration for parents and teachers, making them question their skills and abilities, and leading to the belief that they need to escalate severity to get consequences to work. This can easily result in stronger and stronger reprimands, lectures, and even yelling, along with more and more drastic and punitive consequences. This is typically a recipe for disaster.
There is a much better way. Really understanding why time-outs don’t work is the place to begin.
One of the most important conversation I've had with my teenage son.
Being a professional life coach for teens has its benefits and challenges. Frankly, most of the benefits come from my wonderful adolescent clients. Ironically, the biggest challenges come from my own teenage children. My oldest daughter is a senior in high school, and when it came to the “sex talk” I was told that I was not the appropriate parent. Even though I had numerous conversations time and again with other teens, it was clear that I wasn’t allowed to speak with her about this topic. I was given the reasons, relinquished that role and
"Sassy" helped me get past many a breakup. But while I've grown up, 49-year-old Jane Pratt has not.
As a recent profile about her in New York mag says, Jane Pratt has indeed been "15 for an awfully long time now;" she declares that as her "emotional" age, or the age you will never forget because something really life-changing happened to you. I guess mine is a bit older.
If you have a learning disabled teen who is being bullied or teased, you will want to read this.
Parents, teachers, extended family and neighbors recognize the special challenges of those who love and teach learning disabled children and adults. They are usually sensitive, kind and giving as small children. Because they are small in stature, people are more forgiving of what they can and cannot do.
Teenagers With Learning Disabilities
CDC study smashes assumption that teens frequently perform oral sex.
For a while now, it's been perceived that teens who aren't rushing to have intercourse are still experimenting with oral sex "en masse," as in rainbow parties and handies on the school bus. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention challenges that assumption with cold, hard facts.