What’s Going on In Your Son’s Brain?

Kimmy Peterson, MFT

– by Kimmy Peterson, MFT – The life of a parent includes helping your child navigate transitions; from a once tiny snuggly baby boy, to an on the go toddler, an exploring grade schooler, an awkward preteen, and now, a young adult learning to become independent. These transitions have each been made with minor fails, a few emotional wounds, and …

Bridging the Parent-Teen Divide

– by Jennifer Norstrom, MFT – You raised a child who once sat on your lap and giggled at your jokes to a young teen who walks right past you to hang out on her phone alone in her bedroom. You feel as though a large canyon has grown between you, and you feel ignored or shut out. It may …

How NOT to Support Your Teen in Therapy

Creating Resistance by “Dropping In” on Your Teenager’s Sessions –    A major error that I have seen parents make time and time again over the years is the mistake of showing up unannounced to a therapy session with their teenager. Parents usually do this in order to bring up an issue that they want their teen to work on …

“Don’t Look At The Trees!” – Why Anxiety Avoidance Doesn’t Work

(and how to avoid anxiety…)  – by Marcus Moore, MFT – I remember when I first learned how to ski as a young boy. I would try to stay in the middle of the ski slope, but I kept finding myself close to the edge where I would almost hit the trees. One day my instructor asked me what this was …

Getting More than “Fine” From Your Teen Daughter

Simple Strategies to Engage Your Child – by Lauren Ogren, MFT – You: “How was school?” Your teen: “Fine.” -Silence- If this happens to you, you’ve probably felt frustration, tension and feelings of helplessness as your teen appears to give more attention to her smart phone than to her family. How can you get more than a one word response from your teen …

Your Teen Daughter – Teaching Her Accountability

– by Jessica Gray – When you first held that bundle of joy wrapped in her little blanket, you were overcome with love and joy. Your child represented new life, a new opportunity and your life’s biggest responsibility. As you navigated the late nights, the early mornings and the first years of walking, talking, preschool and kindergarten, you often reminded …

Inspire and Energize Your Teen

– Setting the Stage for Inspiration – This week I listened to the song “Waving Flag” by K’Naan. K’Naan is a Somali rapper and musician with an incredible story of overcoming adversity to achieve fame as an international superstar. His song was used as the theme for the 2010 World Cup, and it always gets me choked up, even five years later. …

Crunch Time! Navigating School-Related Conflict – Part 2

This time of year, I witness this type of conversation all too often: Parent: “You are missing tons of assignments in math! You are going to fail the class, then you’re going to be held back a grade!” Teen: “Don’t worry about it. I’ll be fine. I’m not the only one missing assignments, and everyone says that I’ll pass the …