Free Parenting Workshop! Topic: Mindfulness – The Present Parent

September 9th, 2019 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm September’s Parenting Workshop will educate parents about Mindfulness. By focusing our attention on the present moment, mindfulness counteracts rumination and worrying…Research has shown that mindfulness helps us reduce anxiety and depression and it enables us to distance ourselves from our thoughts and feelings, with out labeling them as… Continue reading Free Parenting Workshop! Topic: Mindfulness – The Present Parent

How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

By Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC   For parents with children who are suffering from a mental illness, it can be very difficult to know when their child’s problems are typical and manageable, and when those problems begin to endanger other people. There are warning signs you can watch for if you are concerned that there may… Continue reading How Do You Know When Your Teen’s Warning Signs are Really Red Flags?

Teen Relationships and Mood

By:  Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC, CEDS Few parents escape the teenage years without dealing with daily doses of drama that are an inescapable part of growing up.  But how do you know when your teen is just being over-dramatic, when they are hurting but healthy, or when the drama is a sign of clinical depression? Many… Continue reading Teen Relationships and Mood

How Old Should My Child Be to Stay Home Alone?

How old your child should be to stay home alone is a question many parents agonize over and one that doesn’t have a clear-cut, straight answer.  There are only three states that have laws that dictate the legal age including: Illinois:  Age 14 Maryland: Age 8 Oregon: Age 10 Here in Arizona, there is no… Continue reading How Old Should My Child Be to Stay Home Alone?

50 Fun Ways for Your Teen to Spend Summer Vacation

One of the challenges of summer vacation is that teenagers often find themselves with more time on their hands than sense in their heads.  While getting a job and volunteering their time are both great ways for teens to make use of their summer vacation, those options aren’t always available. Parents who are concerned that… Continue reading 50 Fun Ways for Your Teen to Spend Summer Vacation

How to Develop a Good Relationship with Your Teenager

Ahh, Mother’s Day! Breakfast in bed, flowers, sweetly crayoned card, matching mother/daughter outfits, smiling kids posing for pictures? Mmm, probably not, if you have a teenager! Perhaps you’re lucky and your teen surprised you on May 13. In any event, even though Mother’s Day is over for this year, it provides a good opportunity to… Continue reading How to Develop a Good Relationship with Your Teenager

What Parents Can Do About Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse directed against teenaged dating partners. It can take several forms—physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological. In today’s digital age, cyberstalking and other forms of digital abuse represent the latest wave of teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is not limited to any one… Continue reading What Parents Can Do About Teen Dating Violence

What Parents of Young Teens Need to Know About Crushes

As a mom to an adult daughter, I am no stranger to the phenomena of having a crush. Oh, I can remember the whole experience…. the ups, the downs, the laughter, and the tears. As the parent of a young teen, it’s important that we know how to deal with a crush when it happens… Continue reading What Parents of Young Teens Need to Know About Crushes

Simple Ways to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.One way that we would like to participate is to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health. In terms of mental health, David Susman PhD refers to stigma as negative beliefs, descriptions, attitudes, behavior or language. To go a step further, a stigma can be unfair, discriminatory or disrespectful… Continue reading Simple Ways to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

How to Stop Doing Everything for Your Teen

We all are trying to navigate through this parenting thing, right? We all know there is no right way to parent. One aspect that we as parents have taken on is doing everything for our kids. This may seem okay when they are younger. We know how to pack their lunch, make sure they get… Continue reading How to Stop Doing Everything for Your Teen

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