Affluenza Teen – The Treatment Plan I Would Prescribe

The headline read:  “Rich, Privileged and Unaccountable.”  Honestly, that pretty much sums it up. I’m commenting on this case for a couple of reasons.  First, because I deal with boys at this age in my practice daily.  And secondly, because this is a perfect example of “what not to do” as a parent.  The term “affluenza” is…

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Is Your Teenager Being Bullied?

Believe it or not, this is one of the most heartbreaking issues I see – teenagers being bullied.  What constitutes such abuse…. The Big Six When I thought about this series of articles I decided to focus on the “biggies.”  In doing so, I thought about the issues I deal with the most in The…

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My Son Is So Angry!

We’ve all been raised to believe anger is a bad emotion.  We don’t like when someone is angry; and especially when it is coming from our adolescent son. Anger-It’s Real Life I was raised by a very angry father (a rager).  The issue for me in my life wasn’t that he was angry, it was…

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“Saving Our Sons” – An Update

It’s hard to imagine 2016 is 2 weeks away.  It’s certainly been a very busy 2015; I thought I’d take this time to give an update on my book, Saving Our Sons. Saving Our Sons I have been diligently reading and rereading the manuscript before sending it off to copyedit.  I believe Saving Our Sons:  A Parent’s…

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Keeping Your Children Safe

Following up on my Facebook comments regarding the essay “Black and Blue” by NHL star Patrick O’Sullivan,  I have more to say! Safety is Paramount If you haven’t read the article mentioned above, I suggest that you do.  It’s disturbing on so many levels.  My priority in this post is to address the importance of keeping…

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The Dog Ate My Homework

Are you tired of the excuses from your teenage son on why the homework didn’t get done? A Piece Of Advice I’m going to “kill two birds with one stone” for you.  Based on my experience with the boys I see,  homework isn’t his priority, video games are.  And based on the parents I work with,…

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Is My Son ADD or ADHD?

I have talked about drugs and alcohol, and some of the warning signs.  The next most common issue I see with boys is the overuse of ADD or ADHD medications. Before I dive in and give you my expert opinion, I want to be clear that I am fully aware in some cases ADD/ADHD medications are helpful.

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A Time to Give Thanks

It’s that time of year!  Here are some things I’m very thankful for. A Time To Give Thanks First and foremost I am thankful for my family and friends and all the blessings they bring to my life.  I have a thriving private practice that allows me to live my mission every day.

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Drugs, Alcohol and My Son

In my last article, I talked about “When a Boy Becomes a Man;” what happens when there are obstacles, and there can be many.  In the next few posts, I’ll share with you about what I see in my program The Quest Project.  Let’s start with the “big one”  Drugs and Alcohol. Charles Krauthammer wrote in…

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When A Boy Becomes a Man

Think about this: When a girl transitions to a woman the “signs” are typically obvious and unmistakable.  However, when a young boy begins to transition to a man it can sneak up on you; the signs aren’t as obvious.  You know it’s going to happen, but what do you look for?

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