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Sharon Powers

“Teen Speak” Author Shares Strategies to get Kids Talking to Parents
in Relationships

“Teen Speak” Author Shares Strategies to get Kids Talking to Parents

Jennifer Salerno, is an author, speaker, nurse practitioner, and founder of Possibilities for Change. Drawing on her professional expertise, research and her own experience as a mother, Dr. Salerno authored the book, “Teen Speak: A how-to guide for real talks with teens about sex, drugs and other risky behaviors.” Dr. Salerno’s book aims to empower and equip parents with practical tools to broach difficult topics to...

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23 Nov 2016
Why Talking about Suicide with Teens is Critical
in Mental Health

Why Talking about Suicide with Teens is Critical

There’s a critical seven-letter word often concealed in speech by a whisper. People are afraid to say it. It’s hard to talk about, but there’s a lot of curiosity swirling around the topic. It happens every 40 seconds worldwide. What’s this mystery word that elicits such fear? Tilt your screen so no one can see. We are talking about suicide. Sounds terrifyingly dark. Despairing. That’s...

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14 Sep 2016
5 Ways to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence this Election Season
in Emotional Health

5 Ways to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence this Election Season

As vehement rhetoric is blasted from all points on the political spectrum this election season, it is easy for children to copy the not-so-emotionally-intelligent language and behaviors modeled by adults—politicians and citizens alike. Have you found yourself or someone you know yelling obscenities during the evening news, or making a moral judgement of another driver on the interstate because of a campaign bumper sticker? When politics and emotions...

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24 Aug 2016
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in Social Media

Let’s Take a Selfie, But First Let’s Discuss Growing Up in a Selfie World

When Olympic gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea snapped a selfie together at the Rio 2016 Olympics, it generated a lot of buzz. Once live on Twitter, the post was met with enthusiasm and people interpreted the selfie as symbol of unity, albeit fleeting, for the two nations with adversarial relations. Politics aside, the two female gymnasts were simply...

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15 Aug 2016
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in Motivation

Reviving Motivation and Purpose in Your Lackadaisical Teen

Article originally published on PurposeSpeaks.com. Have you been anywhere recently where you could feel a radiating aura of enthusiasm? I’m referring to the type of excitement that’s visceral, but on an ordinary day. If not, I’ll take you there. Between the walls of an elementary school there’s a pivotal transition period that occurs between the structured school day and recess. It’s one of inspiration, and...

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17 Jun 2016
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in Family Finances

Simple Tricks Experts Use to Teach Kids to be Money Savvy

Without actually exchanging money, your kid could download the new Justin Bieber hit, order up a Frappuccino at Starbucks and purchase a new video game on Amazon. This is, if you allow or overlook such financial freedom. Such transactions are seamless. You click a few buttons and get what you want. No one has to bother with counting out exact change or interacting with a...

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06 May 2016
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in Body Image

How Parent Behavior Influences Children’s Body Image, Health

How often do you sneer at your own reflection or mutter a self-deprecating comment because you feel unhappy with the way you look? Perhaps tough to admit, many of us are guilty of being unkind to ourselves. You may vow never to wear clothing that accentuates the features you deem unacceptable, or make incessant remarks about dimples, flab or extra pounds. Nicknames have been given...

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11 Apr 2016
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in Emotional Health

A Case for Crying: The Importance of Emotional Expression

When someone’s eyes begin to water and the first teardrop trickles down their face, there’s a pretty standard response from people. Tissues are whisked from the Kleenex box and offered. It’s a quick panacea for sadness as though dabbing the soft cotton fibers will ease emotional pain. Well-intended words attempt to console the person crying, along with outstretched arms welcoming an embrace. “It’s going to be...

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23 Mar 2016
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in School

How to Prevent Test Anxiety from Stifling Your Child in School

Have you ever been plagued by a worry so intense that you can’t focus on the very thing that has you worried? It’s quite a conundrum. A blank stare settles on your face as concentration gets disrupted by negative self-talk. “I can’t do this.” “I’m going to fail.” “I want to give up.” Worry can have debilitating effects. For many students, this self-defeating mechanism takes hold...

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10 Mar 2016
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in Social Media

Redefining ‘Friendship’ in a Digitally Connected World

Thanks to social media the word “friend” has morphed into a term synonymous with acquaintance, associate, and sometimes even straight-up stranger. Before sites like Facebook and Instagram gave us friends and followers, social interaction wasn’t so passive. It took effort to communicate and connect. The bulk of social exchanges happened in person.  Remember a time when there was no such thing as friend requests? Before social...

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02 Mar 2016
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