Blog: Acting Out

When your teen is being hard to love

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In this Teen Tidbit, Evan Center, LCPC of Center Counseling talks about the most foundational piece of every parenting approach (from toddlers to teens) and how to apply it even when your teen is being hard to love. Evan draws on concepts taken from Jim Fay and Dr. Charles Fay’s courses and books on their “Love and Logic” approach to parenting.

How to Address the Cell Phone Issue With Your Teen

I get a lot of comments from teens who have had their cell phones taken away and I hear a lot of concerns from parents about cell phone use. Cell phones are a big part of the modern teen experience.

Even if you are not worried about sexting, cell phones can be a significant distraction from important tasks, school and family time. They can also be a tool for bullying (or a medium through which kids get bullied).

Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal – an interesting perspective in this new age of technology. I think we are all still trying to figure out how to navigate the boundaries (and lack of boundaries) afforded by technology, whether cell phones, tablets or social media.

Let me know what you think about cell phones, privacy and monitoring your teen in a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hacking the Teen Brain

Many parents dread the teenage years. Just when they need you the most, they rebel and focus on peers.

Does this sound familiar:

Your teen is unmotivated. They are disrespectful. You’re concerned about their friends and worried they’re experimenting with sex and drugs.

If you need help with your teenager and you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or just out of touch with that sweet kid you used to know, this is your opportunity to start fresh.

I’m joining forces with family coach and behavior consultant Jennifer Williams to bring you Hacking the Teen Brain. This course will help you:

  • understand how brain development explains your teen’s behavior
  • have skills to redirect disrespect while teaching important values
  • know how to stay grounded and calm when you most need to
  • help your teen motivate from within (no more nagging necessary!)

For more information and to register, please visit this site.