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What exactly is adolescence?

What exactly is adolescence?

For many parents, understanding a bit about their teenager’s brain development can be helpful in navigating the sometimes difficult adolescent years. But first, what exactly are the adolescent years? What does the term “adolescence” even mean? Researchers and scientists have had a pretty difficult time coming to a consensus definition. Broadly speaking, the term means…

Back to School!

Back to School!

Transitioning from summertime to a new school year can be a stressful time for both kids and parents. Children and teens must adjust to a new schedule, new teachers, friendship changes, new work expectations, and maybe even a new school! Parents must help them navigate all of those changes while still managing the day-to-day operations…

Parenting: Creating a Happy Home – Part 3

Parenting: Creating a Happy Home – Part 3

This blog series is continuing to explore concepts that will help parents to build a home that adult children want to come home to. In the previous two parts of this series, we explored structure vs. spontaneity and listening vs. lecturing. Both of these concepts are fundamental to building a strong family foundation. In the…

Setting Boundaries in the Teen years

Setting Boundaries in the Teen years

Parenting is a tough job! Each phase of kids growing up comes with its own set of new joys and new struggles. The teen years can be particularly trying, as teens test out different identities, explore newfound privileges and independence, and parents try to adjust to their child getting older and separating themselves a bit…

Parenting: Creating a Happy Home – Part 1

Parenting: Creating a Happy Home – Part 1

I recently read a blog about building a home that children want to come back to. Parents walk a tight rope when it comes to parenting. Some parents hover over their children in order to protect them from perceived harsh realties of this world. Other parents believe that it is important to be hands off…

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