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A practice of mindfulness, helps teens find their own calm and inner wisdom which holds all the answers to the questions they pose. Mindful deep breathing and awareness centers teens, placing them in the present (not the anxious future or depressed past) and gives them the ease to regulate their emotions. Practically that means I coach teens to manageably break down their assignments, confront test anxiety and release depression.
Holding boundaries is a crucial part of any relationship.
One of the simplest but most profound ways of holding a boundary is to state what we feel, think, want, value or need. Holding boundaries at its core is truth-telling.. And truth-telling, having our insides match our outsides in authenticity, is what the conscious parenting journey is all about.
Applying the 12 steps to my parenting helped me practice boundaries, communicate with integrity and ultimately BE loving and tolerant.
None of us can parent alone successfully, especially during a pandemic.
My birthday is always a time of reflection and renewal for me. Since its so close to New Year’s Day, I take stock of the previous year and boy was it a doozy. Not only did we weather a pandemic, but I also had life altering milestones in my family. My father passed...
Behind every behavior is a feeling and behind every feeling is a need. When we meet needs and honor the emotions they bring, we not only deal with the cause of the behavior, but we can use the opportunity to strengthen our relationships and grow skills for the future.
Ultimately, our teens are responsible for their learning schedule, organizing their work and completing assignments. But we can help them build the 21st century learning skills that will serve them well in college for post-secondary success.
When dealing with a crisis involving your teen, it seems counterintuitive to focus on yourself. But it really is the best place to start problem solving. Flight attendants (when we used to fly) tell us to put your mask on first during a crisis drop in pressure. It’s the same for parenting in a pandemic.
In times of great social change, we look for the things we can control. We may not be able to predict the future for ourselves or our teens, but we can control how we communicate. The way we communicate reveals what we value and how we value it. I longed to connect...
You can ease their fear through connection. Try engaging them with open ended questions or statements of invitation to check in with your kids about how they are doing.
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