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articles by: Joanne Stern

5 Things Every Teen Wants Their Parent to Know

Have you ever thought of asking your teenager for advice? "What???" you might reply. "Why would I do that? What could she possibly know about life that I don't know better?" And here's the answe…

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Do You Feel Guilty When You’re Away from Your Kids?

Okay, so you don't spend every waking minute with your kids. Have you made peace with that or are you trailing a black cloud of guilt behind you? Maybe you compare yourself to your neighbor who gleefu…

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How to Make the Most of Fighting with Your Teen

You may be blinking and wondering how it happened that suddenly your happy home has become a verbal battle ground. Gone are the days of quiet acquiescence. It seems they've been replaced with deba…

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The Positive Side of Parenting Tweens

Remember when your toddler screeched, "I no want it!" when she was first learning to express her independence? In between the tantrums and the trials you were most likely delighting in her burgeoning …

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3 Parent-Child Communication Traps

Do you ever wonder what happened to the sweet child you once had -- the one who talked with you about anything and everything? Where did he go? Did he morph into a sullen, closed down kid? Will he eve…

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Teaching Your Kids That Silence Is Golden

Some days you just crave quiet. Your soul is yearning for calm and you're thirsty for an environment with no chaos, no upheaval and no loud noises. But your kids are yelling! How do you deal…

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Stay Connected to Your Child When You’re Away

So you're going away and leaving your child at home. Are you worried that you'll lose your connection with your child; that somehow your absence will damage his growth and development; that your s…

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When a Crisis Arises, Don’t Panic

Kids make mistakes and do stupid things. That's what kids do. As young children their brains aren't developed enough to be able to think abstractly and clearly about complicated or long range cons…

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How Your Parenting Skills Help at Work

If you're a working mom, it's time to recognize that what you do at home while parenting your kids is valuable outside your home as well within your home. And if you're a stay at home mom, it's time t…

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Words That Hurt: Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Kids will get into it with each other from time to time. There’s probably no way to entirely eliminate siblings arguing with each other. Each child needs to learn to stand up for himself and to ta…

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about Joanne Stern

Joanne Stern, PhD, is a psychotherapist with a private practice emphasizing counseling with families, parents, couples and teens. She’s a teacher, consultant, speaker, and expert guest on parenting and family topics, including communication, discipline, self-esteem, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and loss. Parenting Is a Contact Sport: 8 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids for Life is her first book. A mother and grandmother, she and her husband, Terry Hale, live in Aspen, Colorado.

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