Parenting --Teens/Expert Profile

Dr. Mary Kay Keller


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Questions concerning Teens & the developmental stages that they are in. It doesn`t matter what the psychological or emotional behavior they are exhibiting. What matters is that you ask the questions & search out solutions!

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Experience in the area

I have worked with Teens in the school system through programs to provide life adjustment classes and with the Substance Abuse Prevention programs. ¿Quieres hacer preguntas en español? Haga clic aquí para pedir en español y traducir al Inglés.


National Council on Family Relations & Prevention Research


Journal of International Attachment Parenting Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Education: PhD Human Sciences: Family and Child Studies Ask me about my research on Fathers and their Children!

Awards and Honors

International Who's Who of Professionals & Departmental Honors in Psychology

Past/Present Clients

Grandparents raising grandchildren, Teen parents, parents who have separated/divorced, parents with children experiencing substance abuse issues, parents in need of parenting classes, parents who have experienced the death of a child/infant. Over 20 years of successful professional experience with children and families.

What do you like about this subject?

Teens! I love to talk with parents about teenagers because they are the most misunderstood of all the child developmental stages. It is so incredibly easy to get parents and teens back on track with each other and so very rewarding!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I have a PhD in Family Relations and I truly want to leave parents with skills to enhance communication skills between them and their children. These communication skills not only enhance the present bonding and love, it carries them through the adult child's life! I love bringing families closer together.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Teenagers will often give off signals like they are not listening to you and indeed they are absorbing every word and action they hear and see! Don't pay attention to the body language when you are talking to a teen, they are trying hard not to be read as they are vulnerable and they are needing to seperate themselves emotionally!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Hmmm, this is not a popular concept, however, when parents and teens are having problems it is often because this time of seperation has snuck upon the parents and they were expecting it much later. Teens start the seperation process as young as 10 or 11 years of age! Parents are often unaware of their own grieving and bereavement as their child is no longer a baby.

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Recent Answers from Dr. Mary Kay Keller

2016-04-03 Question about behavior.:

Dear Louise,  Relax from what you discribed here your child just has her own preferences. Children are not different than we are in deciding what they like and don't like. Enjoy her as she is!   Best,

2015-06-05 12 year old cheated:

Dear B.N.,  I can see that being a good parent just means the world to you. Your children are fortunate to have a parent who has such a desire. Now even the best of parents have to be reminded that their

2014-10-31 Help for my teenagers fighting:

Dear Amber,    Yes, this can change. Read my answer here!    Thank you for posting.     Dr. Mary Kay Keller  http://www

2013-12-05 Son is making life hard...:

Dear Traci!    I apologize for the delay. I was very busy in December with defending my dissertation and all of the paperwork that goes along with graduation and teaching...and then there was Christmas

2013-11-19 Son is making life hard...:

Traci,     My heart goes out to you. Here is my response.    M Kay Keller, PhD


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