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The 4 Avoidable "T’s": Parenting the Difficult Defiant Child

*’!#$ you mom said Anthony at the restaurant with his family. Jackie, his mother responds “Don’t you talk to me like that and if you say that one more time I will slap you!” I knew when Jackie was telling me this story what Anthony was going to do. Anthony cursed again and Jackie […]

Quick Tips for Transitioning into Middle School

What is their goal today?
• To learn
• Be polite
• Greet and affirm the teacher
• Greet and affirm my classmates – Make Peer Feel Like a Million Bucks
• Stay focused
• Stay out of trouble What are you supposed to do in class?
• Raise my hand
• Let other’s answer the questions […]

Parenting Tips to Deal with Sexting Teens | Orlando Teen Expert Counselor

Parenting Tips to Deal with Sexting Teens | Orlando Teen Expert Counselor

A friend of mine was complaining about how her teenage children are always texting instead of speaking with one another and was horrified to find out her daughter had just received a picture of a male penis. She was horrified that anyone would […]

Orlando Counselor on Drug and Alcohol Prevention Success Evident in Florida Youth

Orlando Counselor on Drug and Alcohol Prevention Success Evident in Florida Youth

The “war against drugs” in the schools is succeeding! The 2008 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey reported that every area of substance abuse declined from 2000-2008, with the exception of marijuana use and prescription drug abuse. Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in […]

Orlando Teen Counselor on 4 Warning Signs of an Abusive Teen Relationship

Orlando Teen Counselor on 4 Warning Signs of an Abusive Teen Relationship

Having a teen dating in today’s world is quite a challenge! Because so many teens are accepting some level of abuse as “normal” in relationships, knowing the warning signs of a potentially abusive relationship become critical.

1. Relationship becomes very serious quickly
This is probably […]

7 Steps to Help Parents Who Are Clueless About Cyber Technology in Teen Dating Abuse

Having a teen dating is a big enough challenge without worrying about their internet and cell phone connections! However, in today’s relationships, land lines are a thing of the past and parents are unaware of whom their teen is communicating with. MySpace, other social networking sites, and texting, all remove the parent’s awareness of […]