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Kids need love. They need it like sunshine, oxygen, laughter and protection. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or not; it doesn’t matter what you do for a living. Kids need love – including the hurt or angry ones who lash out. Whenever and however it happens, you will come into the orbit of […]

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When kids grow up with no responsibilities and have everything they need or want given to them freely, there is only one possible outcome: spoiled, entitled brats. This does not mean that they’re bad kids or that selfish behaviors can’t be turned around. It just becomes exponentially more difficult with age, because the patterns and […]

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Learning the Hard Way

Published on October 2, 2013 by in Teens

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I generally do not condone violence. That being said, there are consequences to every action, and teenage boys frequently test people’s boundaries. As 14 year old Sam discovered, we all learn some things the hard way. Years ago when I taught at a private K-12 school in Ann Arbor, MI, we took students on a […]

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Quality sleep is an important part of success for kids. As every parent and teacher will tell you, when children have a sleep deficit their ability to concentrate, problem-solve and have a generally positive attitude is compromised. This is especially true of teenagers, who need between 8 ½ and 9 ¼ hours of sleep each […]

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by Janet Lehman, MSW Do you have a “good” kid who’s starting to act out? All of a sudden, he’s pushing your buttons, failing to comply with rules and his bad attitude has soared through the roof. You start to wonder what happened to your child—and where you went wrong. Your parenting hasn’t changed, so […]

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