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3 Reasons Why Teenagers Rebel

In this post, I’ll share 3 reasons why teenagers rebel, and what you can do about it. The teen years. Some parents start dreading this phase early on, when their kids are still toddlers and they experience the first inkling of their child resisting their guidance. For me, the worry that I may not always …

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How to Help Kids Who Are Too Hard on Themselves

boy hugging dog

It’s heartbreaking to watch kids who are too hard on themselves. Maybe your child compares themselves to others and feels they’re not good enough in some way (e.g., “I hate my curly hair!”, “I’m stupid”, “I’m terrible at math” or “nobody likes me”). Or perhaps they’re so anxious about performing poorly that they won’t try …

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I Feel Guilty After Yelling at My Child

“I feel guilty after yelling at my child” is a common experience. Every parent has felt this way at some time or another. And it’s normal to feel bad, because you have a conscience and want to do right by your kids. But it’s also normal to lose patience and yell sometimes–because you’re human! Your …

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You’re Feeling Guilty After Yelling at Your Child

When you’re feeling guilty after yelling at your child, here’s some tips to help you let go of the guilt and shame. It’s “normal” to feel bad after you’ve yelled or lost your patience with your child. That’s because you have a conscience and want to do right by your kids. But it’s also normal …

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Your Child Has a Tantrum: Don’t Focus First on Behaviour Change

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When your child has a tantrum or you’re at your wits end because of their behaviour, it’s tempting to focus on their behaviour. But it’s important to do your best to stay calm and connect first (unless safety is an issue). (It’s not always possible when you’re triggered, but that’s another post. The point here …

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Your Teen Gets Irritated When You Approve: How to Stay Connected

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It may come as a surprise when suddenly–your teen gets irritated when you approve of their decision. You thought they’d feel supported. Here’s why. I was listening to a parent tell a story about their teen recently, and their story reminded me that when your teen is going through a phase of separating from you, …

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How Are You Coping With Your Child’s Difficult Behaviour?

woman standing on a mountain; coping with your child’s difficult behaviour

When you have difficulty coping with your child’s difficult behaviour, sometimes you need to *level up* your ability to cope rather than expecting them to change. I realized that one day when my son was quite young. I was feeling irritated with him because he wasn’t cooperating, and I had a sudden “aha” moment realizing …

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