Tag Archives: relationships

adolescence, Family Topics, Parenting Questions, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, teenagers

10 Tips For Talking With Teens About Tough Stuff



10 Tips for Talking With Teens About Tough Stuff

Many parents with teenagers know and anticipate that the teen years will be a struggle so we are providing 10 tips for talking with teens about the tough stuff.  There will be many issues that arise and many challenging moments when teens will have to make some important decisions without a parent’s advice or guidance: in the moment judgment calls. This is especially true since teenagers are also beginning to separate from their parents and don’t want to connect or hear about the advice parents want to offer.

Attachment and Connection, Couple/Marital Topics, General

Hold Me Tight Relationship Enhancement Workshops

My colleague, Gail Schumann, LCSW-C, and I recently held a Hold Me Tight Workshop which is based on Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight. It was an amazing experience and wonderful for the 3 couples that came. They learned about the new science of love which shows that all humans crave and need connection to others in order to survive. The connection of a loved one is the most important and sustaining one of all, except when things are going wrong. When we feel disconnected, we get scared, feel alone and feel abandoned. This leads to reactions that can turn negative and create a pattern of trying to get our needs met that aren’t productive or healthy, such as withdrawing, criticizing, attacking or giving up. The HMT workshops help couples have important conversations to understand their negative pattern and change it.