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  • Don’t Give Up: Get Back On Your Horse

    I live in Texas. Everyone in Texas rides a horse, right? (Well, maybe not in Houston.) One weekend I was visiting my sister in Austin. We went to see some friends who lived outside of Austin and had four horses on several acres of land.......

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  • Multi-tasking is Not Effective for Teens (or You)

    We call it multitasking. Women pride themselves on being able to do a million things at once. Here’s my question. How’s it working for you? My guess is that it’s not working that well. Something is going to be compromised. It’s not just that we......

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  • Happy Freedom Day: How You Can Be Happy Even if Your  Teen’s in a Bad Mood

    The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our country’s freedom. How about you? Do you need a little freedom? How about a little emotional freedom, especially when it comes to your daughter’s drama? Your teen can be happy, angry, sad, stressed, and hyper......

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  • What’s Good About Being a Couch Potato?

    It can drive you nuts. There she is lying on the sofa being a couch potato while you are running around trying to get your work done. Summer, for lots of moms, is more work when the kids are at home. We don’t want our......

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  • How to Get Your Teen to Listen to You

    “How do I get my teen to listen to me?” This is the big question for moms of teens.  It seems so easy right? You tell your daughter what seems reasonable and you want her to listen to you. But actually we want more. We......

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  • The Advantages of Being Daddy’s Girl

    I feel like I had the best dad in the world. I knew he wasn’t perfect but he never pretended to be. He gave me so many gifts growing up and was my rock through my turbulent teenage years. The most invaluable gift he gave......

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  • Tips for reducing the drama and increasing the fun with your teen this summer: A Q&A with Colleen O’Grady

    When you are the parent of a teen, the fantasy of summer break includes both laughs shared in the sunshine and industrious kids getting work done. Often, reality is a bit different. That disconnect can lead to family drama, which is no one’s idea of a good way......

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  • I Want My Life Back

    Last week Sara came to see me at my private practice. Sara had that spaced-out, frazzled look. She said, “I want my life back. It’s only the first week of summer and I’m ready for school to start.” Sara really didn’t want school to start,......

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  • The 12 Days to Celebrate Mom

    Take the 12-day challenge! I want you to feel good for Mother’s Day. This is my gift to you....

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  • “I Just Want to be Appreciated!”

    If I were to ask you, “How much do you feel appreciated on a scale of 1 to 10 by your kids, husband, partner, friends, family, or work?” What would you say? I have talked to plenty of moms who feel they were appreciated at......

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