As colleges get ready to tell their applicants their fate, kids and parents become increasingly anxious, which makes it a good time to talk about the meaning of college admissions and how much they really matter. First of all, I want to say that no one should take the college admissions process to seriously. While […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Carol Maxym, Ph.D. It’s not just luck that in the many years I’ve worked with teens and parents in turmoil, that I have met so many extraordinary, wonderful people, both young and old. The parents I’ve had the privilege to work with are good, dedicated, loving caretakers of good kids, but, like their kids, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As a parent, it can be hard to talk with your teen. Do you often find yourself trying to engage your teen only to find that what was intended to be a civil conversation becomes an all out war? Or, maybe you’re a teen who wants to talk to your parent, but you’re not sure […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Carol Maxym, PhD. Affluenza is back in the news. Why? Because, I think, almost everyone finds Affluenza deeply offensive. As a whole, we’re offended by the idea that a person could break the law in so many ways without being held accountable. However, not having learned responsibility is hardly a defense for shirking consequences. But here’s […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Carol Maxym, PhD. Affluenza is defined as the unhealthy psychological and social effects of affluence. This condition is typically characterized by feelings of guilt, lack of motivation, and social isolationism. In its most extreme form, materialism and hyper-consumption associated with wealth and success can result in chronic unhappiness, debt, overwork, stress, and poor relationships. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Lia Parisyan, Writer. Being a teenager isn’t easy. With puberty kicking in, teens’ bodies are undergoing major changes. Some teens might have a harder time dealing with weight gain, acne, and body image issues than their peers. As a parent, it isn’t always easy to talk to your teen. Even though you may have […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Carol Maxym, Ph.D. Send your child away is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make as a parent. There are so many questions that will run through your mind as you weight the pros and cons, and ultimately decide “yes” or “no.” There is no magic formula, no special test, or an […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By: Carol Maxym Ph.D. Many of us are familiar with the boiling frog metaphor. Below, you’ll see how kids and teens use different tactics such as intimidation and manipulation to create chaos and unhappiness. HOW TO BOIL A FROG RECIPE 1. Place a frog in large pot of cool water. Place the pot on stove. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By. Carol Maxym, PhD. Communication is at the core of successful relationships, but too often both parents and teens have a difficult time making the other understand what they’re feeling. Adolescence is a complicated time in a teen’s life; he or she may be undergoing intense physical, mental, and emotional changes and may also be […]Continue Reading... No Comments.