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5 Ways to Help Your Teens Deal With Tryouts

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Since many of your kids are in the thick of this, we need to have a good conversation about it sooner rather than later. I'm talking about one of the most stressful aspects of going back to or starting high school. So let's all say it out loud once and for all -- #TRYOUTS.

Teach Me to Be a Man, Dad

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I was deeply moved this week. I am frequently moved when I meet with families in the privacy of my therapy office but this week I was particularly touched. I watched closely as a 15 year old teenage boy told his father that he'd like him to be more involved in his life.

An Open Letter to Every Anxious Parent of a Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

If you have a teen or teens then I am quite confident that you are more than just a little consumed by worry and anxiety. This is an inevitable part of being parents to children who are at the age where they test limits and as a result put you in the unenviable position of having to push back. What a tricky set of dance steps you have to deal with during these years.

Weighing In On Your Daughters And Scales

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Take a look at your own relationship with the scale. What are you modeling for your kids? Are you on the scale frequently and making constant references to your weight?

An Open Letter to 'Cool' Parents

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

If you act like a friend or a cool parent, then you are essentially giving up your role as an authority figure. This is not a good role to part with. Teens not only need authority figures in their lives, but they thrive when they have parents who set limits, boundaries and structure.

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being A Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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

Bloggers Be Like...

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.11.2015 | Style
Natalie Thomas

Bloggers be like mason jars, cheese boards, standing mirror selfies, latte art, pumpkin patches, striped straws, sun-streaked shots, party props. I present a Valentine to my fellow bloggers.

In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Many of our teens have little idea that their parents have feelings that can be hurt and hearts that can be broken. I say this cautiously, but let's hear it for teaching our kids just a little bit of guilt and a whole lot of empathy.

The Number One Mistake Even Good Moms Make

Heather Creekmore | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

We don't have to be perfect moms. There's no such thing. And, ironically, even if there was, I don't think we'd like being her as much as we think we would. No one actually likes a perfect woman, anyway.

5 Ways to Deal With the College Kids Coming Home

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

8 Ways to Raise Kids With Grit

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When I was in graduate school we were taught that individuals are either born with the magical quality of resiliency or not. These days we have learned that resiliency or the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and even how to handle tricky situations can be taught. Here's how...

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

Mom Bloggers Are Brave

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Putting your parenting out in the public domain is no simple matter. It involves speaking about that which is closest to our hearts to a sometimes embracing, sometimes heartless, and sometimes even hostile public. Is it any wonder that writing about being a parent can breed insecurities where none existed before?

s The Stepdaughter-Stepmother Relationship Doomed?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

When Should Kids Start Dating?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

eens learn to negotiate their feelings and relationships while they are still young and under your roof. As we all know, relationships and healthy dating take a lot of practice and trial and error.

Sexy Tween and Teen Halloween Costumes? Let's Talk

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

High School Reunion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

It's been over 30 years since I've seen these now middle-aged adults who were teens back then. I am a little nervous.

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

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Breastfeeding A Toddler

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed, I just didn't realize how difficult it would be to wean off.

Everything You Need To Know About Teens and Sports

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

5 Lessons About Parenting From the Movie Boyhood

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Take care of yourself as a parent. Your kids are watching you. They need to see that life is worth living as an adult. It's hard for kids to be happy when their parents are sad.

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

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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.

A Love Letter To Your Teen Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Your moms worry that you may make bad choices that will follow you into adulthood. Here, through my lens and summarizing years of conversations with your moms, is what they actually want for you.

Mother Hunger

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Losing my mother was one of the most gut-wrenching experiences of my life. Not a day passes that I don't think about my mother and what she would think of me.