My Teenager Missed Curfew — Again!

Teenagers both need and hate curfew. That’s their developmental reality. They both need boundaries and parenting and containment, and push up against those things and that need like crazy. Crazy? Is that how you parents feel? Yes, that’s about right. Curfew is often a battleground on which this tension gets played out. The key here […]

Clean Your Room! Why am I Saying That?

Most parents of teenagers experience a gradual loss of control over the actions of their budding adolescents. This can be disconcerting, but it’s a necessary move toward the goal of individuation. One common arena of struggle is the teenager’s bedroom. I often hear parents complaining about the state of the teen cave. Now one thing […]

When it’s Time to Get Help for your Teen

  The teen years can be difficult, a no less for parents than for the teens themselves. There are many struggles for teens during the process of individuation, the act of physically and emotionally separating from parents. Some of these struggles are irritating for those sharing air space with the teen, and some are downright […]

Why is my Teenager Nocturnal?

  They sleep until 4:00 in the afternoon. They stay up until 6 am. They start talking to us at midnight, with the expectation that we will stay awake and listen. Why? There are many theories as to why this is so, but I’m not so sure it needs to be explained. The fact is, […]

Let it Go

I don’t know about you, but despite it being out for 2+ years, I still have at least one Frozen obsessed kid (down from 3!). The anthem “Let It Go” is still belted out at least 3 times a week, and I must admit, the title is one that resonates with me. When my oldest […]

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