The Value of Failure in Adolescence

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Whether it occurs at the ideal developmental phase called “middle childhood” or later in life, teaching young people to engage failure appropriately is a critical skill for successful adult functioning—both at work and at home. Especially with adolescents and young adults who have other coping deficits, this is a challenging process that requires, according to Bryant, a combination of strategies customized to meet the individual’s needs.

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Teens and Money

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Growing up, I was taught that it was impolite to talk about money. In retrospect, I realize that financial reticence is often less a matter of etiquette than of awkwardness. Until parents are comfortable discussing finances with each other, it can be tough (and counterproductive) to discuss the subject with children. But rich, educated, open conversations about money can save your children lots of future grief.

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Nurture Your Relationship

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Do you have a story of how a key relationship made a critical difference in you or your family’s journey toward healing? A relative? A friend? A therapist? Even a stranger? If so, we would love to hear about it.

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Family Volunteering

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While volunteering to help others may not seem like a sophisticated mental-health technique, those who engage in community service tend to weigh less, have fewer health problems, and report a higher measure of subjective happiness than those who don’t.

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Families That Eat Together Stay Together

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Rather than suddenly corralling the family for seven nights of regimented dining, though, ease into it if it’s not already a habit. One or two nights a week is a great start. Make it fun by cooking something everyone will like (or even ordering in) and try to make dinner time fit everyone’s schedule to the extent you can. This approach is more likely to leave your family wanting more, rather than less, of this healthy family habit.

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Daily Wellness Tips for Your Family

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This series of blogs is designed to serve as a reminder of some basic building blocks for emotional and behavioral health. These are not treatment modalities with fancy names or reams of clinical research. These are simple lifestyle choices that can help you and your family feel and function better.

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Transition After Residential Treatment Center

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“Trust fosters transparency,” says Jensen-Savoie, “and transparency is the most reliable and appropriate window into your into your young adult’s world.”

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Caretaker vs Caregiver

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All of us have people we care about: mothers, fathers, children, extended family and close friends.  We want the best for them and we don’t want them to feel pain or endure hardship.  So when does caring for someone become caretaking?  Here are a few differences to help you distinguish between the two. When a […]

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Thanksgiving

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It’s true of nearly everything—gifts, massages, meals, hugs, praise—that the better you are at receiving the better you’ll be at giving. It’s true of gratitude as well. If you find yourself deflecting other people’s efforts to thank you with a dismissive wave of the hand, a falsely humble headshake, or a blocking phrase like “not at all,” or “it was nothing,” then knock it off! For everyone to benefit maximally from an act of thanksgiving, that act must be accepted. If someone lobs a sincere “thanks” your way, do them—and yourself—a favor: look them in the eye, smile, and say, “you’re welcome.” Enjoy it! That’s what gratitude is all about, after all—giving, receiving, and enjoying.

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Childish vs. Childlike in Inner Child Work

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Imagine a three-year-old (let’s say his name is Joe) playing with a playmate (perhaps Mike).  Joe and Mike are playing contentedly with toy trucks in the sand when Mike decides he likes Joe’s toy better and takes it from him.  What is Joe’s reaction?  Perhaps he tries to take it back and the two argue over the toy.  Mike […]

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