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Rumor has it . . .

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Adolescence is a time of whispers, rumors and gossip.  Almost always it is about taking a kind of pleasure in celebrating someone else’s inadequacies or knocking them off their high horse (or, their perceived high horse).  In most instances, spreading rumors is at the very least ungenerous and, at most, cruel and mean-spirited.  Just because it is a common occurrence …

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Stress Management for Teens: Loving Kindness Meditation

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Stress Management for Teens: Guided Imagery Meditation

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Stress Management for Teens: Positive Mental Rehearsal

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Stress Management for Teens: Progressive Relaxation

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Stress Management for Teens: Self Compassion Meditation

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Stress Management for Teens: Meditation

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

When your kid is stressed, when the pressure builds, when there is lots of chaos and disruption in their lives, meditation and relaxation can really help.  Unfortunately, teenagers typically HATE strategies that have them sit quietly and not think; especially when they need it most.  But, some take to simple meditation.  Others like various guided relaxation and meditation practices.  It …

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Countdown to College Part 1-Practicing Independence

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

“I’m going to hang out this weekend.  I’ll see you on Monday.” “Wait.  What?  What do you mean you’ll see me on Monday?  You are NOT staying gone all weekend!” “When I’m at college in a couple of weeks, you won’t even know if I ever come back in!” “The ink isn’t dry on your diploma, you aren’t leaving for …

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Countdown to College Part 2-Alcohol and Drugs

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Once you have set expectations for the summer in the run up to college, there are a number of conversations that are worth having with your newly young adult child.  The percentage of college age people who binge drink alcohol (5 or more drinks in one setting) in the previous month is 41%.  Thirty eight percent rode with a driver …