Teenagers, oh the Trials and Tribulations!

This summer I had my fill of teenage drama.  I heard about it all from my boys, nieces and nephews.  Who was dating whom that someone else liked.  Who got their hands on alcohol and learned what it was like to drink too much.  Who got caught on the security camera vandalizing the public house. The list goes on and as a parent of 2 teenagers, it can get stressful and cause a lot of worry and anxiety.

However, I’ve learned over the years by watching family members and friends, that the way we respond as parents to these events that are brought to our attention, directly relates to how our children respond upon future events.  If we freak out, they are likely to try and hide things from us.  If we respond with understanding and are honest with them about what we did when we were their age, they are likely to be more comfortable about being open with us.

If we allow everything to worry us, we are inclined to try and protect our children from learning lessons on their own.  And if we only act with understanding, our kids will think it’s OK to do things that can get them in trouble, injured or even worse.  There is a fine line that we need to walk between understanding and being a disciplinarian.  This is where our own life balance comes into play.

When we are balanced in our thinking, it reduces our stress and allows us to think rationally. Appreciating the fact that our children are open and honest as much as it makes us cringe can help us in keeping a level head about different situations that arise.  A client of mine once thanked me as she was able to handle the news of her teenage daughter’s pregnancy with grace based upon the skills and concepts she had learned through one of my programs.

Dealing with children of all ages has its ups and downs but teenagers bring a whole new level to this thing we call parenting.  Know that you are not alone.

Love and Light to you all!

Written by Dawn-Marie on 13 Sept 2019



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.

Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).

Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.

Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.

Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.

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