"When your child 'comes out' to you, thank them. Thank them for loving and trusting you enough to share this important part of themselves with you. They have given you a gift, an opportunity to interact with them in an open and honest way. It means they want your approval
Tag: parenting teens
"It’s important for parents to work through their own denial about their teen’s addiction. Sometimes it’s really hard to believe that a teenager could have alcoholism or drug addiction. It happens in all families--career stable families, financially affluent families, families that are impoverished, families with a generational history of addiction,
"First, be calm, be calm, be calm. Anger can cloud your ability to communicate with your teen and communication is going to be critical in addressing the problem. So if you are really angry or really emotional, it is not the moment to try to talk about it. Wait a
"Developing open, trusting communication between you and your teen or young adult is essential to helping him or her avoid alcohol and drug use and feeling able to talk to you about those opportunities and choices. If your teen feels comfortable talking openly with you, you’ll have a greater chance
"Trust is the key. Trust your students to make decisions—some will be good and others not-so-good. If their study habits aren’t robust, their grades will reflect that, and, if they fail, they will face the consequences. College is the best place to learn to fail, fall and fly because it
I am delighted to have as one of my 2017 College Series’ guest bloggers, Theresa Maitland, PhD. Dr. Maitland is a Senior Learning Specialist and Academic Coach at UNC’s Learning Center. She has co-authored three books and engages in training and consulting with educational institutions. Q: When you think of
The last time I wrote a blog about teen dating, I shared that my colleague, Lisa Allred, and I were learning new terms from the teens in our lives. One was “ship”. Of course, the funny part was that although Lisa got the concept correct, she mis-remembered the actual term.