Helping Parents & Professionals Understand the Teen Brain

“The brain is a social organ, and our relationships with one another are not a luxury but an essential nutrient for our survival” ~ Daniel Siegel

Preparing to Launch

Preparing to Launch

We all know of those movies where an adult child is still living in their parent's basement: eating their food, borrowing money for gas, attempting to date. Nobody wants that. The child themselves, the potential mate, and of course... the parents. To prevent the above...

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A Brain Under Construction

A Brain Under Construction

Teenagers can really seem crazy at times. They aren’t. They can appear to wig-out, not make sense or lose-it over the simplest of things. But they aren’t crazy. They are going through some serious brain reconstruction, reconfiguring and refurbishing. It used to be...

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Parenting Toolkit

Parenting Toolkit

Some Tips and Tools for your Parenting Toolkit This is not an article, but a few points that I feel are very poignant when raising teenagers. Try adding some of these to your repertoire, keep doing them if you already are, OR...try some out! Learn to tolerate the way...

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The Healthy Mind Platter

The Healthy Mind Platter

“The Healthy Mind Platter” developed by Daniel Siegel and David Rock, was first introduced to me when I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Siegel speak at a Psychologist Conference in 2013. I have since referred to it in many of my parent and student presentations, in...

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Novelty-Seeking and Risk-Taking

Novelty-Seeking and Risk-Taking

“The only thing worse than taking risks in adolescence is NOT taking risks” -- Daniel Siegel, MD   The above quote is one of my favourites from Daniel Siegel, a very influential adolescent psychiatrist. I repeat the quote often and I truly believe in it. Teens...

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The Dad in the Dressing Room

The Dad in the Dressing Room

I had an awesome experience last weekend.  I witnessed a dad do an absolutely stellar job with his teenage daughter. I know there are so many great dads out there, but this particular exchange had to be documented 🙂 I was in the Banana Republic Outlet Store. I was in...

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Just Be Nice

Just Be Nice

Just be nice. Nope – this phrase doesn’t work for me anymore. I used to think to be nice, polite, kind, were the most important character traits to have. And they are important to have as part of our entire personality repertoires. But when we teach our kids to be...

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