Teens & Children


How to Handle Father’s Day When You’re Fighting With Your Dad

These five tips for dealing with a difficult dad on Father’s Day will help you see him in a different light. You may not be able to stop fighting with your dad forever or heal a long-standing family rift, but you can find ways to treat him with respect. After I wrote When You Miss Your Dad […]

How to Handle Father’s Day When You’re Fighting With Your Dad

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How to Deal With Problems in Your Family

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 […]


How to Become an Independent Teenager

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 […]

How to Become an Independent Teenager

How to Handle Problems With Your Mother

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.” ~ […]


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

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 […]

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

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How to Live in Peace With Your Mother

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 […]


How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You Live at Home

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 […]

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Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents

A parent asked me about giving her 13 year old teenager $50 a week for an allowance. Since I’m no expert on teens and money management, I asked the creator of KidsSave for her input. Here, Karyn Hodgens offers some practical tips on giving teens an allowance… This was my reader’s question: “I give my 13 year old $50 […]


6 Weight Loss Tips for Teens – From Fat Blasting to Dr Oz

These teen weight loss tips start with a fat blasting dance mix, and end with weight loss wisdom from Dr Oz. “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time,” said Mark Twain. It’s not glamorous or exciting to lose weight. If […]