By Mary Alvord

September 9, 2017

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"Why didn't she text me back yet? She doesn't like me anymore!"


"There's no way I'm trying out for the team. I suck at basketball"


"It's not fair that I have a curfew!"


Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and

gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness - because it is. Still,

the beginning of a new school year, with all of the required adjustments, is

a good time to consider just how closely the habit of negative, exaggerated

"self-talk" can affect academic and social success, self-esteem and