Best parenting tips for 2017: Just don’t suck at it!

Kids are under a lot of pressure to be perfect these days, and the same unrealistic standard applies for parents. Advice comes in many forms and from all sides: grandparents, teachers, friends, coaches, blogs, articles, podcasts, and the Internet. Moms and dads often feel overwhelmed, and at the end of most days, like failures. My best parenting tip for 2017: “Just don’t suck at it!” The … [Read more...]

Girls who march to a different drum change the world

Mariah, 16, should have grown up in the ‘60’s. Have you ever met a kid who just reeked of that by-gone era: free spirits who want to try everything no matter how restrictive their parents become and who march to a different drum? I often describe these rebels as wild horses cooped up in a corral, kicking at the slats of the fence as they try to escape their enclosure. When allowed to exert their … [Read more...]

Best antidote for the holiday blues? An attitude of gratitude

There is no better antidote for the holiday blues than gratitude. Thankfulness raises your spirits because you cannot be in a state of anxiety, worry, or anger at the same time you are experiencing gratitude; it’s just not possible. A study of couples found that people who expressed gratitude for their partner felt more positive about them and felt safer expressing concerns about their … [Read more...]

Unforgettable mentors inspire greatness in us all

The value of mentors is immeasurable. Sometimes it's someone offering us the right words at the right time; other times it’s watching how they respond to a challenging situation. For some, it's a one-time chance encounter with a guide; for others it's a more formal mentorship. Their guidance can dramatically affect the trajectory of our lives through a helping hand or through wisdom that helps us … [Read more...]

Stop treating struggling teen girls like they are broken

It is often reported that anxiety and depression in children, and girls in particular, is on the rise. Girls today feel more stressed out and overwhelmed than ever before. Is this an exaggeration, and if not, what’s going on? Research says that women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime with the average age of onset at 11 years. By … [Read more...]

Don’t allow overzealous youth coaches to rule your life

Parents are giving youth sports coaches way too much power over the lives of their children and families. Overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout among child and adolescent athletes are a growing problem. Single-sport, year-round training and competition is becoming more and more common, as well as weekend long athletic tournaments that leave little down time for the child. Parents, kids, and … [Read more...]

Mobile devices are killing relationships and deep conversations

Is technology ruining your relationships? Is your constant need to check texts and social media hurting the depth and empathy in conversations with friends and spouses? Based on recent research, whether you are talking about friendship, dating, marriage, or parenting children, the answer is yes and yes. One report showed that the mere presence of mobile devices can have negative effects on … [Read more...]

Best remedy for painful relationships: believe in yourself!

The most common reason girls don’t take care of themselves in both friendship and dating relationships is the negative beliefs about themselves they have acquired from past painful experiences. What you believe about you will drive your thinking, words, and behaviors, and if not reversed, will limit your potential. The reason behind most adult’s unhappy marriages and unfulfilling lives almost … [Read more...]

Girls feel helpless to stop sexual harassment at school

Donald Trump’s “locker room” comments reported on the news the past few weeks reminds me of another issue that affects teenage girls every day: being groped in the hallways of school. Early adolescents who go to mixers experience guys grinding on them on the dance floor, hidden by the large crowd of dancers. Sexual harassment is so common that many girls I have talked to have become numb to … [Read more...]

Low self-esteem in girls (Common Causes & How To Help Them Thrive)

Interestingly, I think there is one thing that has killed more dreams than death itself; that is a person who is concerned with what other’s think. Unknown Girls are conditioned to look outside of themselves to get a sense of themselves, resulting in low self-esteem. The changes and challenges brought on by puberty and adolescence often cause girls to feel more insecure and to wonder if … [Read more...]