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Author: Marthe Teixeira

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Marthe Teixeira is the founder/CEO of Stixs and Stones and a wellness coach for teen girls and women. She works with Waltham organizations and schools, and coaches clients one on one. She looks to help parents of teenagers navigate the pitfalls and perils of teen life.

Posted March 31, 2014, 12:43 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
7 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Stress

Teens are flooded with pressures and demands that seem never ending. Day-To-Day Teen Stresses Teens are losing sleep worrying about tests, projects that are due, teams going to competitions, friendship dramas, and break ups. The most common source of day-to-day stress for teens are: Problems with peers (being bullied or relationship problems), family issues, school related pressures, and their own thoughts or feelings (feeling lonely or depressed). Parents would be surprised by the amount of stress and anxiety teens are dealing with involving social media. With Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram on every teen’s iPhone, teens can now see how they ...

Posted March 28, 2014, 12:45 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
How to Pass on Healthy Habits to Your Kids

One thing I vividly remember as a teen was the bus dropping me off near my house, running to my front door, then busting through the door and immediately going to the pantry. I had a habit of being famished after school and wanted to eat any and everything. This of course, lead to me indulging in snacks like CheezIts, Funyuns, Doritos, Smart Food, and Fritos with Mountain Dew. Nothing wrong with eating those every once in a while, but I would eat half the bag. I didn’t know better because these were the types of foods that where always ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 12:20 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
The Secrets to Maintaining the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I reflect back on my teen years, one thing that definitely stands out is how my mother and I used to get into little spats. I am sure it had to do with my constant mood swings or thinking I knew everything at the immature age of 17. At 17, I thought I was old enough to be independent and thought that I was Miss Know-It-All and I was right about everything. I would purposely go against my mother on what she said (even if I agreed with her) just to prove how “smart” I was. One saying that ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 1:31 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
How to Discuss Dating with your Teen: Tips for Parents

Dating can be a tough topic for parents and teens to discuss. Dating has changed, and is more complex than ever, especially with social media so prevalent and the endless texting with teens. When your teen starts to show an interest in dating, that is when you want to have the discussion and iron out how you feel about it. As parents, you want to prepare your child to date and make sure they make good decisions. Here are some tips on how to talk to your teen about dating: Be clear: When you are talking to your teen about ...