Tips for Teens & Children


How to Deal With Problems in Your Family 115

You love your family members, but sometimes they’re frustrating and aggravating! These six tips on how to deal with troubling family problems will help you get along with your siblings, parents, or other relatives. Learning how to handle toxic family problems is complicated because of the strong emotions we feel towards our relatives. “Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others,” […]

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How to Become an Independent Teenager 3

Here’s a list of ways to stop your parents from being overprotective so you can become more independent. I wrote this for a teenager who asked for help with her mother. “I am 14 years old and my mother in particular is very controlling,” says Michelle on How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You Live at Home. “I have […]


How to Handle Problems With Your Mother 1

Here are the four most common “mom problems” my readers struggle with, plus a few ideas on how to handle problems with your mother. “Family quarrels are bitter things.  They don’t go by any rules.  They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald. Part of the […]


Do You Act and Talk Like Your Mom – and Hate It? How to Stop 1

Ready to distance yourself from your mother and figure out who you are? These tips for women who act and talk like their moms (and hate it) are inspired by a reader’s comment… “Do you think the mother-daughter relationship HAS to be fixed in order for the daughter to be in a functional and happy relationship/marriage?” asks T. on You […]

Do You Act and Talk Like Your Mom and Hate It? How to Stop

How to Live in Peace With Your Mother 3

What do you do when you can’t be in the same room as your mom, much less be friends? Here are a few tips on coping with a mother who is moody and unpredictable. “I’m 45 lost my job 18 months ago; and until May, struggled along as best I could,” says P. on How to Handle Problems With Your Mother. “My […]

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How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You Live at Home 190

These tips on how to deal with controlling parents will help you see your situation differently. The first thing to remember when you’re coping with parents – and you live at home – is that you can’t change them. You can only change how you respond to them. “Giving up hope is one of the healthiest, most life-affirming things you could do for […]


What to Do on Father’s Day When You’re Not Getting Along With Dad 8

How do you cope on Father’s Day when you’re not getting along with your dad, you’re not speaking to him, or he refuses to talk to you? These 8 tips for coping on Father’s Day when you’re not getting along with your dad will help you heal…and perhaps even repair a family rift. It’s all about learning how to respect him while […]