1. School Pressure: Gift & Talented, Magnet, and IB Programs

    Question: My child is considering applying to a magnet program for middle school. It seems like a great opportunity if he is accepted, but are there any negative consequences for children in these advanced schools? Answer: Gifted & Talented, Magnet, and IB Programs are often dream schools for hardworking students looking to pursue a more rigorous course of study. While these programs can be en…Read More

  2. College Student Living at Home for the Summer

    Q: I’m a college student living at home for the summer, and I’m starting to get annoyed with my parents. Even though I lived independently on campus, they’re enforcing rules that I had to follow as a high schooler. I understand that they want to keep me safe; so they limit my ability to hang out with friends at night or don’t let me have girls over but it feels like I’m losing the freedo…Read More

  3. Conflict Over Choosing A College

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: I'm a first generation Asian-American and I have my heart set on going to a school in Hawaii. We can easily afford it; but my father is uncomfortable with this and is threatening to withhold financial support to stop me from going. What should I do? A: Oh no.  We’re sorry to hear that. Tension with parents over c…Read More

  4. Yikes! My Teen’s On Tinder!

    Originally published on our Lakelands Leader advice column the Laudable Life Q: I found my twenty-something son using a Tinder app on his phone?  Should I be worried?  Isn’t that a hook-up site?  He says “No” and that I “don’t understand.”  Can you enlighten me? A: Dear Tinder Parent, Tinder is a social media app for meeting people.  Users view profiles of people in their area.  …Read More

  5. Social Media: Can I Ban It with My Soon to Be High Schooler?

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: My daughter is growing up and it terrifies me! She’s gone from my little girl, to my soon to be high schooler. Times have changed. When I was in high school I didn’t have to worry about the social aspect of socializing such as snapchat, Instagram, iMessage, or Facebook. I see that high schoolers are being ex…Read More

  6. Is a DBT Group Right for My Daughter?

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our Laudable life advice column Q:  I have a teenage daughter with significant emotional issues. Her friendships at school can be so short-lived I have a hard time keeping track of who's in and who's out from week to week.  Our relationship is quite volatile as well; there's a lot of storming upstairs and slamming doors or sobbing at the drop of a …Read More

  7. Common Mental Health Disorders In Teens

    The teenage years are marked by emotional turmoil, so it can be difficult to determine whether your teen is experiencing a mental health disorder, or just the normal ups and downs of adolescence. Here, we will go over signs that something more serious is happening that requires teen counseling, and the most common mental health disorders that teens develop. How Do You Know Something Is Wrong? Whil…Read More