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#040 Why Curiosity Makes you a Better Parent

In this episode we'll discuss why curiosity makes you a better human being and parent. You’ll learn how healthy curiosity dials down the drama, and improves your relationship with your teen. Healthy curiosity is the secret ingredient to a well-lived life. Curiosity makes us feel...

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#036 Are You Too Hard or Too Soft on Your Teen?

[caption id="attachment_4443" align="alignright" width="425"] Teenage girl consoling her sad upset friend[/caption] I hear parents second guess themselves saying things like, "I wasn't hard enough on him," or " I was too soft on her." And what they are really talking about is their parenting approach in...

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How Do You Grade Yourself as a Mom?

Every mom wants to know that she's doing a good job. It's natural for moms to look for validation. We compare ourselves to other moms and other daughters, or we look to our daughter's behaviour for confirmation. This is a big trap for moms and is...

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Perspective: Parenting Teenage Girls

I was talking to Chelsea a 15-year-old girl a few days ago. She's gorgeous and tall, yet she looked small sitting on my office couch. I asked her what was going on. She looked out the window and said, "Everyone hates me at school. I am...

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028 How Teens Can Get Parents to Hear Them

Do your teens need better communication skills---especially when they are wanting something from you? In this podcast I interview Laura Lyles Reagan who is a family sociologist with more than 30 years of experience in practical youth development and parenting coaching. She holds a Masters in...

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#027 How to Beat Anxiety

Do you feel like you worry about your teen 24/7? Does your son and daughter seem to always be stressed? Ready to dial down the worry and the stress! In this episode I interview Jodi Aman, who has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. Jodi is also...

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#025 Why You Need A Long-Term Perspective

Why do you need a long-term perspective when parenting a teenager? The answer comes from the final Chapter in my book, Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter. It's important to remember that we were once teenagers and we did a...

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#024 How to be Your Daughter’s Dream Maker

"How to be your daughter's (or son's) dream maker" is a complicated question.  Your daughter or son may not know what they want to be when they grow up. Your son is set to get a scholarship for baseball in college but he decides his senior year...

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#023 How to Recapture Your Life

Have you ever felt like everyone in your family is driving your life? I had one mom tell me, "I feel like I'm my daughter's personal assistant. I wish I had one!" This episode is the practical "how to's" on how to recapture your life which...

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#21 How to Discipline Your Teen

"You can't tell me what to do!" Let's face it disciplining a defiant teen is challenging. Because parents often feel powerless when it's two hours past curfew,  we can be flooded with a whole array of emotions. At this point we are not thinking clearly. This...

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#019 Getting Ready for Finals With Neha Gupta

[caption id="attachment_3010" align="alignnone" width="851"] The month of May can be a stressful month for both moms and teens. What do you do when your teenage son or daughter lies on the sofa playing on their phone when they  should be studying?. What is your role...

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#016 How to Reclaim Your “I Feel Good” Energy

Today's episode in my Dial Down the Drama series comes from the fifth chapter in my upcoming book that will be released this November 2015. It takes a lot of energy to protect, nurture, and guide your teenager. And this is only one facet of your...

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#015 Why Your Clarity Matters

This episode in my Dial Down the Drama series comes from the fourth chapter in my upcoming book that will be released this November 2015.  Today we are going to discuss why your clarity matters. Your clarity is huge. Without it you can't parent effectively or...

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