Author Archives: Barb Veder

Driving into adulthood – Part 2

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Driving into adulthood – Part 2In part 1 of this series we began our discussion about the excitement and challenges surrounding the quintessential rite of passage of the teenage years that is learning to drive, and gained a little insight into the experience from a parent’s point of view. But what about the teen? What are they experiencing, and how can parents support them through this exciting and potentially stressful time?

Through the eyes of a teen:

I have never been good at Mario Kart. That was the true test as a kid; if you were good at Mario Kart, you would be a good driver. This doesn’t actually make much sense, but I was still convinced that I would never be able to drive …

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Driving into adulthood – Part 1

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Driving into adulthood – Part 1Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most teens, and is no less significant for their parents. As parents, you watched your child as they took their first step, finally rode around the block without the training wheels, and ventured out into the world without you there as chaperone. Throughout this time, your child has grown more and more independent, and more desirous of freedom and autonomy. But now they want… the car?! How can you both make it through this exciting and potentially stressful milestone with grace and good feelings intact? Seeing things from both perspectives may help.

Through a parent’s eyes:

You know you have reached a new parenting milestone when your kid gets behind the …

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Think positive and reduce stress

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Think positive and reduce stressEver wonder if there’s an actual benefit to looking on the brighter side of life? Well, science has proven that thinking positively forges new pathways in the brain to help us get out of that perpetual rut of mind-worry and negative thinking. By practicing positive psychology and silencing the negative self-talk, we can find more contentment and lead more fulfilling lives.

Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think ~ Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism

It sounds simple and that’s the beauty of it, because it is. We can all take small steps towards changing our outlook on life by …

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