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Great new article by Petaluma Family Therapy's Debi Emmons, MFT:
7 Easy Ways to Conquer Anxiety


http://petalumafamilytherapy.com/2018/06/28/new-article-7-easy-ways-to-conquer-anxiety/
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Hey young adults! Watch this!

https://youtu.be/6MBaFL7sCb8
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Great article in the Atlantic about the power of reducing chronic pain with meditation.
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New parenting article by Marcus Moore, MFT.
"What is a parent's role during the teen years?"
(707) 772-5085 | PetalumaFamilyTherapy.com

http://ow.ly/yzz9305j4e2
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Teen Parenting Tip: Allow Processing Time.
Allow your son time to process his thoughts before you require an answer. He needs time to internally test his options before he can respond. Refrain from the urge to jump on him for ignoring you and or not engaging. Teenage boys and men in general process their feelings and thoughts differently than women and may take longer to work through their emotions. You can try offering more space and less judgment to get to know what he is really thinking and needing. Try asking open ended questions instead of yes or no questions such as, “How would you . . .” “What would be the outcome if . . .” Allow your son to get back to you in a day or two if you ask a more personal question.
-Kimmy Peterson, MFT
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Avoid the "Interrogation Roadblock" to effective communication with your teen. Asking questions to find reasons for your teen’s feelings doesn’t change her experience. It’s better to allow her to say more by giving her space to talk and staying connected by reflecting what you heard her say, such as: “It sounds like you are feeling really frustrated with the amount of homework you’ve been given in French class today.”
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"While it’s perfectly normal to have hurt or angry feelings in reaction to getting the 'cold shoulder' from your teen, in many situations the best way to facilitate trust is to communicate your interest by offering non-judgmental support."
-Jennifer Norstrom, MFT

http://petalumafamilytherapy.com/2016/09/29/blog/
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"Just 'thinking positive thoughts' is not enough to help teens improve their lives. In order to truly develop a well-integrated sense of wellbeing, teens need to try new things, exercise, set and achieve goals, and actively serve others in their communities. As a parent, you can enhance your teenager’s self-esteem by leading by example and listening to their opinions."

http://ow.ly/SyB2304e0Xn
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