Nigel Pizzini

Grunts and Eye Rolls, Finding a Better Way to Communicate

Sometimes it can be very frustrating communicating with an adolescent. The old saying “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” is particularly relevant when dealing with adolescents. Not only are they undergoing huge personal physical, social, psychological and emotional change, but communication patterns are also undergoing a transformation. This is NOT the …

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Dealing with a Teen that Self Harms

“Self-harming” is when people cause themselves physical pain in the hope that it will alter their mood state. This is not the same as “wanting to die” and most who self-harm are not suicidal.  Some people harm themselves because they feel disconnected and isolated from everybody, and hurting themselves is the only way they feel …

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Feeding your worries

Two identical plants, grown in conditions that are otherwise equal, will wither or flourish depending on how much they are watered. Worries can be much the same. If your child tends to dwell on thoughts like “What if we get lost?”, or “I won’t know the right answer when the teacher asks and I’ll be …

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10 Signs You’re an Overprotective Parent

By:  Dr. Gregory Ramey.     Source: New York Times (September 3, 2014) Overprotective parents have good intentions, but by doing the following they leave their kids ill-equipped to deal with the real world. 1. Tries to solve all of their children’s problems. When difficulties arise, they are quick to take control and make certain their …

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Six Strategies to Boost Self-Worth

Children and ‘self-esteem’ is heard regularly in the media, however self-efficacy is the term used in psychology and refers to a person’s belief in his/her own competence. It has nothing to do with being boastful or proud, rather having a healthy view of one’s own characteristics or abilities and what one can offer the world. …

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Dealing with a Teen that Self Harms

Self-harming is when people cause themselves physical pain in the hope that it will alter their mood state. Some people harm themselves because they feel disconnected and isolated from everybody, and hurting themselves is the only way they feel real or connected. People who cut often start cutting in their young teens. If your teen …

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