Category: adolescence

Plagued by Indecision

  Episode #115 – How do I help my anxious, indecisive child? Question of the Day: Dear Torie, My 12 year old daughter gets really worked up when it’s time to make decisions.  Right now I am watching her work herself up into a state over whether she should, or should not, return a gift … Read more…

I need my teen to be happy

Episode #113 – I need my teen to be happy Question of the Day:  Dear Torie, My daughter is cutting herself. The knowledge of this is ripping my heart out. The only thing I ever wanted is for my kids to be happy and clearly she is not.  My head spins in circles all day … Read more…

Are you listening to your gut or your anxiety?

Episode #111 – What’s the difference between intuition, instincts, and anxiety? Also, How to get your reluctant teen to see a therapist. Question of the Day:  Dear Torie, I think my teen has anxiety but she doesn’t know it. She’s afraid to learn to drive. She gets herself all worked up about going out with … Read more…

Choosing a college major

Dear Torie,  How is my son supposed to choose a major?  He is applying to colleges, some of which won’t let him change his mind if he applies under a certain major. He’s stressing out which is making me stress out! How the heck is he supposed to know what he wants to do for … Read more…

Annoyed and Irritated? Why that’s important

 Dear Torie So….my pre-teen just pointed out that every time I have to drive him somewhere, I act annoyed. (which annoyed me). My teenager piggy backed on that saying I’m ALWAYS mad and yelling at her to pick up her things and do her chores. (which irritated me). My partner joined in saying he can’t … Read more…

Preparing your teen to leave the nest

Episode #104 Preparing your teen to leave the nest Question of the Day:  Dear Torie,  My first born is a rising senior. We are heading into a BIG year with college applications, tours, SAT tests, in person school and extracurricular activities. There’s a lot to think about and a lot to process. This time next … Read more…

When you dislike your child’s friends

Episode #103 Question of the Day: Dear Torie, I don’t like my daughter’s friends. I thought about writing and telling you all the reasons WHY I don’t like them to justify my opinion but I think it just boils down to the simple fact that I don’t like them. I think her current group of … Read more…