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    Parenting your Teenager: 3 Things I Wish Knew

    Parenting your teenager. Looking back there are so many things I wish I had done differently as a parent. Don’t get me wrong I am a great mom, but there are times when I wish I had known better. From the moment we hold them in our arms we are responsible for our child’s physical and emotional well-being. For me, an expert on best practices for parenting your teenager, this was no small realization. I worried, and wondered and as they grow, I was torn between my desire for them to stay young and my wish that they would grow up already. After years of teaching, nurturing and disciplining, our babies hit the teen years and…

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    Want Your Children to Succeed? Stop Asking This Question

    From the time we are children we are asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up”?  We ask our toddlers, we ask our tweens and we pressure our high school seniors to “choose” a life path so they can succeed. Our children are encouraged to pick a career, find their direction and fulfill their purpose. But this Direction Diva isn’t sure that pushing our children to decide what they want to be so early in life really will help them succeed. Since launching our new teen initiative DASIUM , I’m seeing more and more high school and college age kids torn between multiple interests and the pressure to choose. They are told that they…

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    Military Family: Teens at Risk for Suicide

    For most of my adult life I have been a motivational speaker. I have trained and helped people from every age group, socio-economic background – military and civilian alike. I am a story teller. And the stories I share most often come from the pages of my life. Who knew that when we began our military life that our experiences would fuel the passion and fire I have for speaking and sharing the strategies I use to tackle the challenges. Ever since we became a military family I have seen the importance of shared experiences and how it helps others know that they aren’t alone. I believe it’s important to be authentic when your…