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MINDFUL PARENTING, Part 2: “In One Ear and Out the Other” Parenting the Adolescent by Fara Jones, M.A., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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?I used to know what to do to make her feel better?now everything I say or do is wrong. It?s like I?m the enemy.?
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?It?s as if I don?t even know him anymore?like he?s a stranger to me?.?
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These are just a few of the comments I have heard from parents of the most wonderful, complex, dynamic (and utterly maddening) patients I have the pleasure of working with: Teenagers.

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MINDFUL PARENTING, Part 1: “Revenge of the Princesses” When Your Child’s Social Drama Becomes Your Own, by Fara Jones, M.A., LCSW, Psychotherapist

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?Mommy, the princesses won?t let me play with them.?
I pulled over and got into the back seat of the car with my 4-year old daughter.
?What do you mean?? I desperately asked her, trying to conceal the panic in my voice . . .
My poor girl, a fan of the Star Wars films, found herself in the nether-region of such ?gender play? and was effectively banished by both Han Solo and Sleeping Beauty.

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