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  • Maintain Your Conviction…

    Dear Parents, Maintain or if need be, regain your strength and the conviction to complete the task entrusted to you. To stay resolute when all else seems lost. Find a way to dig deep, to fight the good fight, to finish the race and keep the faith. Be thankful for the good you’ve done and learn ...

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  • Can you still drink alcohol while your teen is in recovery?

    Parents of addicted teens: Can you still drink alcohol;  enjoy a beer or an occasional glass of wine if your teen is in recovery? In all honesty, that’s equal to you attempting to lose weight and the house is full of delicious hostess Twinkies. Let me guess… you’re thinking it is their problem and not yours? ...

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  • Acceptance of your adult children’s decisions

    Are you accepting of other’s beliefs? What if it is your own child? Understand there is a difference between accepting, condoning and supporting another person’s decisions. Siminlar to Pastor Robert Browning, I accept things that I do not agree with many times. I do this because it is beyond my control to change them. And if ...

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  • Knowing is one thing…

    Knowledge does not mean acceptance Your teen may ‘KNOW’ the dangers of the activities they engage in, but that does not mean they accept that they too can be a victim of any circumstance. Continue to offer gentle knudges of support, love and guidance. They ‘hear’ you, it just takes ‘time’ and possibly an expereince or ...

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  • Resource for Parents of At-Risk & Addicted Teens

     Whether you have a teen who engages in risky behaviors, such as alcohol or drugs, or one who is defiant and always pushing the limits, you know how difficult family life can become. Heated arguments, chaos and confusion, and possibly even physical violence are common. What happened to that idyllic dream of a happy and healthy ...

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  • In the heat of the moment

    Timing is everything. If you attempt to communicate with your teen or anyone for that matter during the heat of the matter, it may simply be a waste of good breath. During a heated conversation, teens, like most anyone else, are triggered by key words that naturally lead them to reaction mode. While they are busy ...

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  • There is no win-lose communication in a relationship

    When it comes to who’s right and who’s wrong when communicating in a personal relationship, there is NO win-lose communication. Think for a second, who’s going to be the bigger person and not take offense to being ridiculed, degraded, embarrassed, shamed, invalidated and disrespected? How does one ‘love’ you after such an event? Tension makes it hard ...

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  • Alcoholism – it’s hard to deal with.

    Knowing when to say when or enough is enough… is not the easiest thing to do, especially when alcohol is used as a coping skill or the mentality is that “it won’t happen to me”. While many of those involved in an alcoholic’s life or a substance abuser’s life are asking “why” and “when will it ...

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  • 3 things I wished every parent knew

    Over the years, I have talked with many teachers, school officials, and even cafeteria workers, in addition to my own experiences and observations. Although there are many, many things I have learned, I listed below the top three things that I think every parent of a teenager should remember. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ *** Remember Why You Had Children *** +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Having ...

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  • SPICE – Beneficial Substitute or Real Risk?

    I met with a client today, he looked baked (high) and spoke with the most angelic voice I’ve heard to date with him. When I asked if he had used any thing that my cause him to appear the way he did (I don’t ask technical questions that teens can lock onto specific words – “are ...

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