5 Tips to keep the Holidays Merry

Posted by Matt Bartlett | Relationship Problems, Tips for Families | 0 Comments

The holidays are a great time to enjoy family and friends and appreciate all that life has to offer. But they can also be a trying time, filled with stress, anxiety, unexpected temptations and a pace that can make your head spin. Along with all of the wonder and delight, it’s important to remember that […]

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Family Triangles vs. Healthy Lines of Communication

One thing that hampers the health in a family system is the presence of triangles, especially ones that are chronic or toxic. When two members of a family system experience anxiety or tension, it is common for one of them to find a third party and align with them against the other member of the […]

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The Emotional Bank Account

What’s an Emotional Bank Account? Imagine your emotions are all inside of a bank account. When you give your daughter a hug, it makes a deposit into her emotional bank account. When you hold a boundary with her, it’s like making a withdrawal. As long as you keep putting enough positive things into the account, […]

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How to Stop Overreacting in a Relationship

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Relationships are hard, especially when you’re a teenager.  As a parent, it’s easy to forget that growing up is a stressful process. Fights with friends, planning for college, involvement in sports, and developing a personal identity can lead to some big breakdowns. When this happens, it can be hard to know how to stop overreacting in a relationship […]

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Positive Parenting When Your Teen is Being Negative

Posted by Heather Schaffer | Relationship Problems, Tips for Families | Positive Parenting Relationships 0 Comments

If you have a teenager at home, you are familiar with the tension, drama, and hurt that can occur on a daily basis. It may often feel like your choices are limited to yelling and punishing them. You are not alone!  Here are some things you can do to get back to engaged and positive […]

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Setting Healthy Boundaries With Teens

Posted by Emma Cone | Relationship Problems | boundaries parenting tips Relationships 0 Comments

The word “no” has a bad reputation- from toddler to teenager, using that word can create conflict. Parents may feel guilty when saying it and worry their kids feel unloved hearing it. However, “no” is a vital part of keeping teenagers emotionally balanced, safe, and healthy. Here are some tips on how to practice setting […]

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Leave Your Mark: Lessons From Art Class

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We all leave our mark on others and the world.  Our amazing art teacher at Hobble Creek recently lead a discussion to illustrate this principle.  Students discussed how they leave their mark on people, both positive and negative.  Then a model was brought in to be painted on with each student leaving their beautiful mark […]

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Create A Lasting Connection With Your Children

Posted by Matt Bartlett | Relationship Problems, Tips for Families | Connection family Relationships 0 Comments

While writing this article my mind is replaying the words, “Tradition! Tradition!” from Fiddler on the Roof. In the musical, Tevye is referring to the typical roles of fathers, mothers, and children at that time and in that culture. Family roles represent just one of many areas impacted by traditions and rituals. In my own […]

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Caretaking versus Caring for Others

Posted by Laurie | Relationship Problems, Tips for Families | 0 Comments

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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Treating Enmeshed Teens and Parents

Most of us want to connect and most of us want to be accepted by others. We just need to channel our efforts to meet these needs in a healthy direction. That’s what we aim for with enmeshed relationships at Innerchange, to redirect relational energy in a direction that will bring out the most peace, connection, and growth possible.

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