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Assertiveness

When to be Assertive, When to Hold Your Tongue


It's important to be authentic, but in our relationships, we need to also be smart. We need to be strategic. Expressing every thought and feeling we have doesn't serve us, or our connections with others.

But you don't want to stifle yourself and end up frustrated and resentful either. So here are some ideas about assertiveness versus keeping your own counsel--for a while, at least.
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Assertiveness

You’re the Expert on Your Child

When your child is having trouble, it might make you feel like you need to just sit back and let the experts take over. You need to listen to everything they tell you at the school, and take all the advice from therapists.

Maybe you feel like your child's issues are somehow your fault, and that you just have to turn over your power to other people.

Remember, your child needs you now...
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Adolescents

Girls & Sex: How to Talk About It

I just read the fantastic book "Girls & Sex" by Peggy Orenstein. What I love is that while it paints a somewhat dire picture of the landscape for teen (and even pre-teen girls), not to mention young adults, it's not just about diagnosing the problem; there's a prescription.

You can help your daughters navigate that landscape, but it involves talking to them differently than you might have considered before. It...
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