Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No One Thought It Was Going To Be Easy

No one thought it was going to be easy.  Blending two families was bound to be challenging, but was it meant to be this challenging?

It definitely takes time, commitment and energy to make a blended family work.  Parents usually enter the union with great joy and anticipation.  Their kids may enter the union with anxiety, uncertainty and sometimes even dread.

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10 – 17 year olds may have more difficulty adjusting to new family members than young children. Remember that teenagers may be processing their parent’s previous separation and facing challenges outside of the home, at school or work. Continue Reading >>

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Say NO to Sex…Teenage Style

I’d like to introduce you to a young lady who has been a client of mine for some time.  She is strong, smart, creative and a bit cheeky.  You’ll know exactly what I mean when you read the below Facebook message, which she sent to her boyfriend who was pressuring her to have sex.  The first Facebook User in the image below is a 15 year old boy.  The second Facebook User is my client, who I have made anonymous.

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I talk about this young lady during many of the Sexual Health classes I teach in High Schools.  Why?  Teenagers Continue Reading >>

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nothing is Working!!! What Now?

I wish I had a magic wand to wave every time I have seen a loving parent loose their child to the new found buzz of drugs or crime.  For me there is nothing more heart breaking to see a parent grieving over the behaviour of their teenager.  There are times when a parent has literally done all, pulled out the reserves and given more, only to discover that things are spiraling out of control.

This is a desperate and very difficult place for a loving parent to be in.  I have literally heard mothers and fathers both say, “I Continue Reading >>

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