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Your Family

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Here’s a spot to write about your family.

Have you avoided a difficult time with a teen?  If you did, was it due to that child’s nature or did you take proactive steps?  What was your key to success?

Have you been through a rough time with your teen?  Briefly share your story, what happened and how you reacted, the current state of your family.  Kindly try to edit down stories and re-read before you post so that those who may have some input can be more helpful.

3 Responses to “Your Family”

  1. Judy said

    I just met Marcia and am buying the book and can’t wait to read it. My life is a mess and this Mothers’ Day is depressing. My son is in lockdown to detox and he is 17. I need help and support and have been looking for a site like this.

  2. Marcia said


    I would ask the school counselor if they can refer you to a therapist for your son and a parenting class for you. Clearly he does not know appropriate boundaries and it’s important to have consistent parenting. There is a lot of turmoil and upheaval as a result of the actions, but there were things leading up to this situation, too.

    If the school isn’t helpful, look up Parent Project and see if there are classes near you.

    Good luck!


    • Marcia said

      Therapy isn’t fast, and it does take awhile because of all of the emotions and resentments swirling around your situation. If you have a copy of my book, I would encourage you to FIRST read the chapters in my book about therapists, especially the ones about Jennifer Hartstein and Marcy Seminoff. Then read about Julia Allogiamento who talks about Parent Project. Then go back to the beginning of the book and read various parents’ experiences. I think you’ll first see you’re not alone and then learn more about what works, what doesn’t work, and how therapists work with kids. I really found that enlightening.

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