Communicating With Your Teenager

A version of this article was published in Hood Magazine in February 2019. Many parents struggle with their child’s transition into adolescence. Teenagers often pull away from their parents in an effort to assert their independence and begin forming their own identity separate from the family. This can manifest as argumentativeness, rebellious behavior, and anContinue reading “Communicating With Your Teenager”

You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior

(Content warning: this post talks about self-harm in general terms.) I’ve talked before about the challenge of conceptualizing behavior as a symptom of mental illness. This is especially challenging for parents when it comes to discipline; on the one hand, you can’t make symptoms go away by punishing them, but on the other hand, ifContinue reading “You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior”