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Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, teens and parents. She is the Adolescent Consultant for Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT. Dr. Greenberg frequently appears on national TV including shows such as ABC Good Morning America, Nightline and CNN. She is a parenting expert for GalTime -an online womens' magazine and is also The Teen Doctor for Psychology Today.

Visit her at her website.

Dr.Greenberg is also the author of 10 new e-books about raising teens which will make you laugh and learn. http://www.scribd.com/BarbaraGreenbergPhD

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An Open Letter to Conversation Stealers

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Dear Conversation Stealers,

I knew that I would need to write this letter at some point in time but have been putting it off for some time. I guess in my role as a clinical psychologist I am inclined to give others the benefit of the doubt. And yes, after...

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10 Times and Ways Parents Should Tattle

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Look, I've been a mother of a teen and a willing ear to several friends and parents of teens who have found themselves in precarious situations. We have all learned something about one of our kid's friends or one of our friend's kids that we are not sure what to...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Your Introverted Teen

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Too many of us confuse introversion with shyness. We worry that our more reserved kids should work on being more gregarious and, like some of their peers, more extroverted. The fact is that shyness and introversion are not synonymous, even though they may appear similar to the naked eye. When...

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5 Important Teen Lessons For Dealing With Difficult People

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:26 PM

We have all experienced this hair-raising experience. Our kid comes home from school and complains that a teacher hates her. Maybe your son comes home from sports practice and tells you all the ways that the coach is picking on him. How about this one? Your kid is refusing to...

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5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being a Teen

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Dear Teenage Self,

Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then. We as adults need to...

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In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 1:18 PM

I've been grappling with my thoughts about this issue for some time now. It seems to me that my generation was raised on a reasonable dose of love, nurturing, limits and some degree of empathy and guilt, and that most of us seem to be doing just fine now. Note...

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The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

(2) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 3:48 PM

We all want to raise happy and healthy kids free of depression and anxiety. I know this to be true because I listen to the trials and tribulations of families up to six days per week. I struggle with families to find out the roots of their kids' problems. And,...

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5 Ways to Deal With the College Kids Coming Home

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:52 AM

It's that remarkable time of year parents of college kids have been looking forward to with excitement and just a little bit of trepidation. While we can't wait to see our kids when they are home for holiday vacation, we are also not exactly clear what to expect, how they've...

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8 Ways to Raise Kids With Grit

(7) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:39 PM

I've been working with kids and their parents for over three decades. It seems clear to me that while parents are becoming increasingly involved in their kids' lives there may be a counterproductive side to this trend. I am certainly not implying that parents are intentionally doing anything wrong. I...

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Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:03 PM

I remember how in 7th grade, I would frantically chase after M.T., hoping that she would let me join her and her friends during recess. Something had changed during the preceding few weeks. I used to be a welcome and happy member of her little clique. Now, I was clearly...

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Is The Stepdaughter-Stepmother Relationship Doomed?

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Hi Dr.G,

I'm a 17-year-old female and nearing the end of my life as a child. My parents have been divorced for about four years now, which is for the better, but a year ago, my father married a woman I cannot bear to be around. She has no personality,...

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An Open Letter to Teens About Your Future High School Reunion

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Dear Teens of All Ages,

I work with you while you are teens and try to make high school, middle school and all of the accompanying stressors easier to deal with. I work with you on issues that are going on in the moment, because that is precisely what is...

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One Mother Wonders, 'Can There Be Love Without Sex?'

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Dear Dr. G.,

I think I may be making a fool of myself here, but I need your input. I'm wondering if every time someone says that they are in love that that means they are involved in a sexual relationship. I'm almost scared to hear the answer.

Here is...

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How the Judge Wrecked My Perfect Divorce Day

(150) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:05 PM

I went into this marriage 17 years ago with the best of intentions. My now former spouse had similarly good intentions as far as I know. Hey, nobody goes into a marriage hoping for a divorce;right? Nonetheless, the seeds for divorce are planted on the same day that you say...

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When Should Kids Start Dating?

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Dear Dr. G.,

The time that I've dreaded has just arrived. My 12-yea- old daughter has asked me when she can start dating. I wasn't allowed to date until I was 18 because I had very strict parents. I didn't sneak around and date either, because I didn't want to...

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Sexy Tween and Teen Halloween Costumes? Let's Talk

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Halloween is almost here and I've had costumes, not candy, on my mind. Lots of parents have been asking me about the appropriateness of sexy costumes for their tween and teen daughters and I would like to address that with you today. I've been perusing the party stores and costume...

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High School Reunion

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 8:06 PM

My high school reunion is coming up in just about one month. Am I nervous? Not really. Since high school, I've matured, become a clinical psychologist and, in fact, have become somewhat of a media go-to person. I've changed. I'm not quite as quiet anymore. I'm not quite as private...

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My Mother Is More Popular Than Me

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Dear Dr. G.,

You might think that this is a weird question, but it has been bothering me for over two years since I started high school. By the way, I am a 16-year-old girl in my junior year of high school.
My problem is my mother. Usually I...

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10 Secrets Your Teens Want You to Know But Won't Tell You

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:23 PM

I have been talking to your teens for over two decades. Even though trends and styles may change, teens still have the same concerns and the same secrets that they would like you to know, but just don't feel comfortable telling you. Sharing concerns remains so non-teenage. That's where I...

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The Case Against Straight A's

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:36 PM

So, your teens are about three weeks into their school year by now and they are hustling. Let me tell you what they are hustling for. They are trying to keep up with their schoolwork, maintain friendships, keep up with their social activities and maintain their composure at the same...

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