How Teens Use Selfies and Social Media to Enhance or Degrade Self-Esteem
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How Teens Use Selfies and Social Media to Enhance or Degrade Self-Esteem

Teens and young adults love to post moments from their daily lives on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, and a few even still use Facebook, though for most that’s something us old folks like to tinker with. But parents and many family psychologists wonder whether posting a teen’s best, most glamorous moments, and most perfectly filtered portraits only serves to…

KCUR Up to Date: Thirteen Reasons Why...And Why Not
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KCUR Up to Date: Thirteen Reasons Why...And Why Not

We had a great on-air conversation about Thirteen Reasons Why on Kansas City Public Radio as the film and controversy continue to draw considerable attention.  While I remain convinced that this is an important, if imperfect, tool for discussing a broad array of teen issues, I’ve heard some very intelligent dissent. Very little of it…

Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child
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Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child

Play therapy. What is it?  Who needs it?  Who can provide it?  Play therapists are often questioned about the validity of their work, as the very idea of play therapy, or playing during therapy, seems of little relevance.  Surely, there can’t be any benefits or growth by “just playing,” right? In reality, play therapy can…

Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen
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Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen

We often think of parents and children as existing on opposite sides of a wide communication gap built of generational misunderstandings. Too often that gap leads both parents and kids to simply avoid what they both see as awkward conversations about sexuality, substance abuse, and even simple topics like school performance and peer relationships. When…

Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview
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Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview

The response broadcast interviews about the Netflix miniseries Thirteen Reasons Why was so strong during the 9:00am hour on April 27th, that Mark Alford and I decided to move the conversation on to Facebook, where we took questions from a number of viewers. Mark asked some great questions and we therefore didn’t get to as…

Fox 4 Morning Show: Thirteen Reasons Why
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Fox 4 Morning Show: Thirteen Reasons Why

On Thursday April 27, 2017 I joined Kim Nick Vasos and Kim Byrnes to discuss the Netflix original series Thirteen Reasons Why. TV is always an immediate format, and we only decided to do this show on Monday morning. My daughter and I had read the book by Jay Asher back in 2010 while working…

Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?
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Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?

Every parent feels like a broken record at some point. Having to ask your child or teen 15 times to get something accomplished is frustrating and builds resentment. Many parents find themselves managing a lot of “shoulds” i.e the kids “should” listen, they “shouldn’t” have to repeat themselves, the kids “shouldn’t” be ignoring what is…