Adolescence and the Identity Crisis

Adolescence and the Identity Crisis

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.   –Erik Erikson Erik Erikson (1902-1994) spoke from experience. In his adulthood, he would explain how arriving at the door of adolescence was cause for...
Validating Your Child in Everyday Parenting

Validating Your Child in Everyday Parenting

This post was first published in September 2016 (Incorporating Validation in Everyday Parenting) In light of the rise in both child depression and teen suicide, consistently validating and affirming your child is more important than ever. The concept of validation is...
Dating–A Regatta with Free Radicals

Dating–A Regatta with Free Radicals

Just say the word “dating” to parents of teens and their responses may range from fear to panic, but will almost always involve some sense of anxiety. The stakes are high. Our kids still seem so young and we, having been in their shoes, know of the dangers. Where do...
The One Thing Teens Want Most

The One Thing Teens Want Most

I was a teenager once…it was a long time ago. Though some challenges of raising teens have changed over the years (especially the addition of technology and social media,) some are changeless. Whether you were a teen in the 60s or a teen today, one “want” is still...