How to Accept Your Teen While Encouraging Positive Change

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Although it often doesn't make it easier as a parent, you might genuinely know that your teen is trying to make positive changes. But, you still feel frustrated sometimes. After all, sometimes it’s hard to accept (or understand) teenagers and their behaviors. Perhaps the cycle looks something like you becoming [...]

Opposite Action for Overwhelming Emotions: How to Make It Work for You


Have you ever experienced a moment where you feel so angry that you felt you would burst? For example, the satellite TV company has put you on hold for over an hour. While the waiting was annoying at first, you were able to manage. But as time wore on, your patience [...]

How to Listen to Your Body When Trying to Identify Anxiety

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Have you ever stopped what you were doing to purposefully pay attention to your body? Give it a try (even while you read this post). Take note on whether your muscles feel tense or relaxed. How is your breathing—fast or slow, deep or shallow? Do you feel any aches or pains [...]

How to Use Distress Tolerance Skills to Cope in a Crisis


It’s happening again—you’re in crisis mode. No matter the situation, it seems that anxiety is the common theme in any crisis. And your paramount concern is undoubtedly your spiking anxiety. It's almost as if you can feel yourself just holding on by your fingertips. What are you going to do? How can [...]

Self-Harm and Your Teen: 5 Signs of Self-Harming Behaviors

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Signs Your Teen May be Self-Harming As a parent, it can be terrifying to imagine the possibility of your teen participating in self-harming behaviors. Self-harm is a complicated and difficult world to understand from the outside, which can make knowing how to help your child a frustrating process. Many destructive, [...]

4 Ways Validation Can Improve Your Relationships


When you validate someone else it can go a long way towards creating understanding. That’s because validation often requires stepping into someone else’s shoes for a moment and seeing the world as they do. Many valuable tools fall under the overall skill of effective communication. Yet, some of the tools [...]

DBT Therapy for Teens: How to Improve Life for the Entire Family

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You know that your teen needs help. They’ve been struggling for a while, and it’s been affecting the entire family. Yet, it can be confusing to know which way is the best path. After all, you want the process to work and ensure that your teen is okay. One idea [...]

How Mindfulness Skills Can Help Combat Anxiety


What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness simply means that you are being mindful of the here and now. It is truly a state of “living in the moment.” Being mindful means that you are paying attention to the moment (e.g., to the noises, the smells, the sights), your internal self (e.g., your passing [...]