Raising Healthy, Happy Kids

Eight Signs Your Teen is Depressed

By Lianne Avila | June 17, 2013

This post is dedicated to teens. If you have a teenager, then you know they affect your relationship. Which is why I am writing this post. Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and an occasional angry outburst. It’s a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence and even suicide. As a concerned parent, friend, sibling or teacher, there are many ways you can help. Offering support and talking about the problem can go a long way. Here are eight signs that your teenager may be...

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Three Benefits to Saying “No” to your Child

By Lianne Avila | April 29, 2013

I hear this all the time in my practice. ‘I don’t want my child to only hear no.’ And, I tell them their child doesn’t always have to hear no. But, they do need your guidance and assurance. I also hear, ‘I was always told no as a child and resented my parents for this.’ And, I tell them your child won’t grow up to resent you, in the long run they will respect you. I also hear, ‘I just can’t say no.” And, as I have said in the past start to practice saying no, and it will become...

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