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August 7, 2018

With more than 50% of marriages failing, there’s no denying there are hundreds of

thousands of teens every year affected by divorce. Often parents become so caught up in their own turmoil that they forget about the impact divorce has on their children, especially teenagers. There’s no denying that the teenage years can be filled with a roller coaster of emotions, and divorce can unfortunately add another layer to this already turbulent time. Whether you’re divorced or in the process of getting a divorce, here are some important tips for communicating with your teenager:

Acknowledge your teen’s feelings. No matter how strong or resilient your te...

July 9, 2018

Now that the summer is in full swing, it’s easy to lose sight of how your teens are spending their time off. While they are most likely socializing with their friends and enjoying their freedom, establishing boundaries for social media usage is essential to your teens’ health and well-being. When teens are bored during the summer, it’s normal for them to turn to social media. Before they know it, they’ve spent hours aimlessly scrolling through their newsfeeds!

Here are some tips for helping your teens unplug and make the most of their summer vacation:

Prioritize. Getting your teens to be productive and prioritize their time is essential for red...

June 26, 2018

As the schedules and demands of teens become greater, sometimes it’s easy to forget that friendship issues may be causing your teen daughter the most stress and anxiety. Being aware of the signs of a toxic friendship can be important in getting your daughter out of a negative social situation, as well as giving her the tools to boost her confidence and know her value. Here are some common signs of a toxic friendship and what you can do to help your teen:

Bullying

Being bullied or belittled – even if it’s in a playful manner – is a major sign of toxicity in any friendship. For example, is your daughter’s friend telling her where to do go, who to...

May 21, 2018

One of the things parents tend to dread most about raising teenage girls is dealing with conversations surrounding dating and relationships. However, the sooner you start a dialogue about dating with your teenager, the better. With teen girls often expressing interest in romantic relationships as early as middle school, parents must learn how to navigate these conversations in a way that’s non-confrontational, while still being constructive and assertive.   

Here are three tips for navigating the world of dating and relationships with your teen daughter: 

Define a healthy relationship.

Before your daughter starts dating anybody, it’s import...

April 11, 2018

Most parents understand the importance of nurturing self-esteem and confidence in their daughters; however, in today’s busy and fast-paced world, it’s very easy to overlook signs of negative body image – especially in teen girls. It’s essential to understand that your daughter doesn’t have to have a serious eating disorder to be experiencing issues with her body image. And, as many parents are now aware, social media certainly doesn’t help matters. There is no shortage of research linking social media comparisons to feelings of depression and low self-esteem. In particular, research shows that Instagram is the most damaging social network for...

March 21, 2018

It’s that time of year when many high school seniors are making the decision of where to attend college – a decision that will impact their futures in more ways than one. Despite being “ready” academically, many teen girls are not emotionally prepared for college life. College, especially for students who leave home, brings many major life changes – including new academic rigors and living conditions, new friendships and, most importantly, newfound freedom and independence.  

Here are three key factors to consider when determining whether your daughter is ready to go away for college and how a life coach can help with this important transition...

January 31, 2018

For many typical teenage girls, Valentine’s Day can bring about feelings of insecurity,

anxiousness, and even dread. Girls who don’t have a significant other or aren’t active in the dating scene can easily feel left out and isolated from their peers when it comes to Valentine’s Day festivities. The good news is that you can customize your holiday the way you want it! Who needs heartbreak and anxiety when there are so many awesome, non-romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with family and friends! Here are some fun and empowering ideas for teenage girls to celebrate Valentine’s Day:

Host a girls’ sleepover.

What’s better than a night of game...

January 11, 2018

With 2018 now underway, there is certainly no shortage of life advice in the media when it comes to setting new year’s resolutions. While the conversation about resolutions seems to focus mostly on adults, there’s also a value in helping teenagers set meaningful goals for themselves. In fact, teenage girls can benefit significantly from establishing personal goals for many reasons, including improved self-esteem, focus, and time management.

Here are some tips for helping your teenage daughter set healthy goals for the new year:  

Make sure goals are on your daughter’s terms.

You can’t expect your daughter to be motivated to reach her goals if yo...

November 20, 2017

As the year winds down, chances are your teenage daughter is already making plans for her holiday break. While the holiday season is a fun and relaxing time of year, social gatherings among teens can quickly turn into environments that breed peer pressure. During holiday parties and formal dances, many teenage girls quickly find themselves surrounded by alcohol, dating pressures, and other negative influences.

It’s important to be proactive about giving your daughter the necessary knowledge and tools to overcome the peer pressure she may face in social situations, especially around the holidays. Here are some tips to help to navigate these som...

October 18, 2017

In the car. During dinner. At the store. Does it seem like your daughter is constantly on her cell phone? In a world in which selfies and pictures of hair, clothes, and Starbucks drinks run the lives of teenage girls, it’s never been more important to get a handle on your daughter’s social media usage. In fact, a recent study by CNN revealed a disconnect between what parents think about their kids' posts and how their children are actually feeling, finding that 60% of parents underestimated how lonely, worried and depressed their kids were. Even though it’s nearly impossible to control every aspect of your daughter’s activity on social media,...

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