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Barbara Greenberg
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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.

Entries by Barbara Greenberg

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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Everything You Need To Know About Teens and Sports

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:00 PM

High school has started for teens all over the country, and parents and teens are grappling with all sorts of issues around playing team sports. I know parents deal with all sorts of questions ranging from "should I call the coach?" to "should I let my kid quit the team?"...

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Helping Your Teens With Back-To-School Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Remember those knots in the stomach, those headaches and those fears that you'd have no one to sit with at lunch at school? Yep. You remember. I feel your collective nod. None of us forget our back-to-school anxiety. I'm afraid, however, that we forget about the anxiety that our teens...

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5 Lessons About Parenting From the Movie Boyhood

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:28 PM

It's rare that I see a movie that brings me to tears. It even more rare for me to sit through a movie that is over two hours long and for me to remain riveted and on the edge of my chair. That's why I was so surprised that the...

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5 Things Not to Say to Parents of an Only Child

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:47 PM

I would like to start by saying that I have always had difficulty wrapping my head around the term "only child." You may have one child or a single child, but "only child" has a negative connotation; right? Those of us who have decided to have a single child or...

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Helping Your Teens Deal With 'Text Break-Ups'

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Dear Dr. G.,

I am an 18-year-old girl and I am going to college in three weeks. My boyfriend of nine months is going to a different college but I hoped that we were going to continue our relationship. Well, guess what happened yesterday. My boyfriend, who we can call...

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6 Daily Irritations We Don't Talk About

(15) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:31 AM

In my practice as a clinical psychologist, as an observer of people and as a participant in everyday life I am aware of what makes people tick. I am aware of what makes you brighten up and have those pleasurable magic moments. I am also painfully aware of those little...

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10 Questions Your Daughters Should Be Asking

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Hi Parents,

It's Dr. Barbara here and I'm back with more information about your lovely young daughters. Once again, I am concerned that they are not taking good enough care of themselves, and you know how much that hurts me. I see an opportunity for you to intervene here and...

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What Your Teens Want You to Know About Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Hello Parents,

Your teens are getting ready to head back to high school and some of them are just beginning as freshmen. All summer long, I have been working with focus groups of teens and they have been talking to me and to each other and have been quite candid...

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The Magic Formula for Dealing With Your Teens 'Pom-Poms, Tissues or Toolbox?'

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Sometimes we need to be cheered on. Other times we need tissues. And yet other moments call for something from our figurative toolbox. Right, parents? Let me help you in every possible way by letting you know that your teens too need these three magic responses from you. Let's refer...

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5 Ways to Deal With School Refusal Before School Begins

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Dear Dr. G.,

My 16-year-old daughter will not go to school. She seems to have a fear of school. We moved from Upstate New York to Southeast Tennessee eight years ago. This is when we started to have problems. Since then, it has gotten worse and worse every year....

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When Your Adult Kids Reject You

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Dear Dr. G.,

My problem is my daughter. I raised her as a single parent along with my son. I gave them a decent life and have a good relationship with my son as I did with my daughter until about 12 years ago. My daughter is now 30-years-old and...

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A Love Letter to Your Teen Daughters

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Dear Teen Daughters,

Your mothers love you. Many of them are enjoying their adulthood and would love for you to take care of yourselves and look forward to growing up healthy, happy and safely. I listen to your mothers in my role as a clinical psychologist and as a friend....

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Why You Must Play With Your Teens

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:40 PM

I'm on a mission to spill some secrets today and I'm going to risk my own relationship with my 20-something-year-old in the process. You see, I'm all about helping you on your journey to raise your teens well. I guess I should be honest and tell you that I did...

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10 Ways Raising House Plants and Kids Are Similar

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Some people say that you should have a pet before you have kids. The thought is that you will become familiar with the intensely high level of responsibility that taking care of another living being requires. You will learn that your pet, like the kids that come after it, comes...

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