My inspiration for writing this blog post comes from the current time of year in the academic calendar – the end of the school year. The high school seniors in my coaching practice are in that space between…celebrating their accomplishments and looking forward to what’s next, while also sitting in nostalgia as they mourn the […]

Cultivating Teen Happiness

May 21, 2024

The Last Dance: How to Help Your Teenager Say Goodbye

It’s actually remarkable to watch…when you give a teenager the time and space to talk something through and just simply listen, their wheels turn and what they come up with amazes me! I see this often in coaching sessions when talking through a sticky situation or stuck in indecision. Giving them the space to share […]

Cultivating Teen Happiness

February 27, 2024

Why the simple act of listening to your teen is so beneficial to their personal growth and self identity

In a world that often emphasizes the importance of self-esteem, a growing body of research suggests that self-compassion may be the key to unlocking a healthier, more resilient mindset…especially for teenagers navigating the challenges of adolescence. For most of my years as a counselor in the education setting, I focused on developing self-esteem in tween […]

Cultivating Teen Happiness

January 31, 2024

Self-Compassion: The New Paradigm in Teen Well-being

Behind feelings of stress, overwhelm and ‘not-enoughness’ there is often a mean teen – this is your teenager’s critical inner voice. And from this voice come critical words and harsh judgements. This is the voice of Self Criticism. What exactly is Self Criticism? Self criticism is that voice inside that speaks to you critically. It […]

Managing Stress, Anxiety & Overwhelm

January 28, 2024

How to Turn Your Teen’s Self-Criticism into Self-Compassion