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How to Become an Independent Teenager

How to Become an Independent Teenager

Written by on July 17, 2013 in Family Tips, Tips for Teens & Children with 3 Comments

Here’s a list of ways to stop your parents from being overprotective so you can become more independent. I wrote this for a teenager who asked for help with her mother. Here’s what she said: “I am 14 years old and my mother in particular is very controlling. I have to live with her, and […]

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5 Ways to Help Kids Cope With Homesickness at Summer Camp

5 Ways to Help Kids Cope With Homesickness at Summer Camp

Written by on May 21, 2013 in Family Tips, Travel & Vacation Tips with 2 Comments

Feeling homesick is normal for kids at summer camp, but it’s more fun if you can overcome it! These five ways to overcome homesickness will help kids, parents, and camp counselors. I went to Camp Timberline last weekend, and remembered the homesickness I felt as a kid at camp in the summer. I went to […]

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How to Survive a Situation You Can’t Change

How to Survive a Situation You Can’t Change

A teen wrote me, saying she hates how things are at home but she can’t change her family situation. These tips are for people who need help surviving things they have no control over. Here’s part of what she said: “Sometimes people like me, have to endure the pain and just go through life with […]

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Family Therapy for Teenagers With Anorexia Nervosa

Family Therapy for Teenagers With Anorexia Nervosa

Written by on January 30, 2013 in Family Tips, Psychology Tips with 0 Comments

The best treatment for teenagers struggling with anorexia nervosa is family therapy, not individual psychotherapy. Here’s why family therapy is a better treatment for a teen’s eating disorder than individual therapy is. “Family therapy” occurs when parents of teenagers with anorexia nervosa help to interrupt or treat their children’s eating disorder. Family therapy is twice […]

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Should I Hide My Husband’s Money? He Keeps Giving It Away

Q: My husband is constantly lending money to his step daughter, I have tried to talk to him about it but he won’t hear a word against her. He paid for her wedding – over £17000 – I let it go because we reasoned that her husband worked so she wouldn’t need more money. Whenever […]

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How Do I Convince My Mom That Living With My Boyfriend Is Okay?

Written by on September 17, 2012 in Family Tips, Identity & Life Tips with 0 Comments

Q: I was raised with Christian values, and pre-marital sex is not something my mom agrees with. She wants me to live a Christian lifestyle. I understand this, but I don’t see living with my boyfriend as that big of a deal. My boyfriend and I cherish each other, and sex is not something that […]

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How Do I Help My Daughter Get Away From a Manipulative Man?

How Do I Help My Daughter Get Away From a Manipulative Man?

Written by on August 27, 2012 in Emotional Health Tips, Family Tips with 0 Comments

Q: I think my daughter is in a manipulative relationship. I haven’t heard from her in about twelve months, and am afraid she might be in danger.  She has a daughter, my granddaughter. How do I help her get away from this man? Helping Your Daughter Leave a Manipulative Man A: Understanding why women stay […]

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Should You Borrow Money From Your Parents? When to Say No

Written by on April 28, 2012 in Family Tips, Finances, Money Management Tips with 2 Comments

If your parents want to give or loan you money, should you take it? Here’s what happened when a reader’s rich mom loaned him money. “My mother is a very wealthy woman, and she offered to support me for the rest of my life, so I could write,” says Rolf on Should You Lend Your […]

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Family Fights at Christmas – Tips for De-Escalating Conflict

Family Fights at Christmas – Tips for De-Escalating Conflict

Written by on October 16, 2011 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Family Tips with 0 Comments

The little things can cause big family fights at Christmas; these tips for de-escalating holiday conflicts  may not end all your family fights, but they can help make Christmas more enjoyable. My favorite tip for family fights at any time of the year is to accept your relatives for who they are. Uncle Homer belches […]

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How to Handle Parents Who Interfere in Your Relationship

How to Handle Parents Who Interfere in Your Relationship

Written by on October 3, 2011 in Family Tips, Love & Relationships with 2 Comments

What do you do when your parents try to break up your relationship? These tips on how to handle parents who interfere in relationships are inspired by a reader’s question… “My boyfriend and I moved in together after six years – we asked for their opinion and they said that they were uncomfortable but okay […]

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