5 Tips for More Effective Parenting

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_177053420These are equal opportunity parenting tips.  They apply no matter the age of your kids (be they toddlers, teenagers, somewhere in between, or even adult children.)  Once you’re a parent, you can’t really quit or retire, so might as well keep doing it better.

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Instant Self-Esteem Boosters

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_159890216Maybe you’ve been in a slump lately.  Maybe it’s situational (you lost your job, and the market’s brutal, or are having relationship issues.)  Maybe you’re chronically struggling with self-esteem.  Or maybe I just caught you on a bad day.  For anyone who’s feeling low, these boosters should help.

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Getting in Touch with Your Anger

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_134581205Sometimes you need to get angry a little more often.  Here’s why.

 

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Dealing with Difficult People

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_175547297We all have occasional run-ins with the disagreeable and the unreasonable.  But what if it’s become a chronic facet of life?  Here are some thoughts on how to handle your relationships (and yourself)!

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5 Tips To Quit Overthinking

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_195684722An astute reader commented that thinking can become an addiction.  We spend so much thinking, we forget to really experience our lives.  Here are some tips to break out of that cycle.

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Negotiating with Your Teen

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_150999815Sometimes parents want to negotiate with their teenagers but aren’t sure how.  We don’t want to be pushovers, but we don’t want to be dictators either.  So where to start?

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The Parenting Trick That Saves My Sanity

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_120028159This one is for all the parents of toddlers out there.  I started doing it three weeks ago and since then, no tantrums (from her, or from me!).  So I thought it was my civic duty to pass it on.

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Learning from Emotional Pain

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_64532521We all know physical pain is a great teacher: Touch a hot stove and you quickly learn not to do that again.  What (and how) can we learn from our emotional pain?

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Should You Cyberstalk Your Teenager?

By Holly Brown, LMFT

shutterstock_146024162This was a question that came up on my Facebook author page among some mothers who’d read my book, “Don’t Try to Find Me.”  Yes, my novel represents a very particular case but the desire to protect your kids is pretty universal.

Do all teens require online monitoring?  How do you monitor?  And what do you do with what you find out?

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Your Teenager: A Narcissist in Training?

By Holly Brown, LMFT

There are numerous studies showing narcissism is on the rise, and altruism and empathy are declining.  When that’s the greater social context in which we live, what’s a parent to do?

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