Kelly Jameson, PhD

Kelly Jameson, PhD Kelly Jameson, PhD, LPC-S is a therapist and public speaker. She works with adolescents and adults on life’s tough issues, both big and small.

On the road, she excites audiences with educational and engaging presentations! www.drkellyjameson.com

Does this ring true for you? Are you raising a girl who is a tornado in your house but just lovely to everyone else? It’...
01/12/2024

Does this ring true for you? Are you raising a girl who is a tornado in your house but just lovely to everyone else? It’s probably time to talk to someone about what could be going on.

Yes it’s true that kids hold it together all day at school then come home and let their guard down. That’s old news. But when you have a tween or teen who is frequently setting the emotional temperature of your home, you have a problem. (Yes, I know hormones are at play here too.) I’m talking about the crisis-mode-we-are-exhausted-from-this scenario.

If this is you or someone you know, I would love to hear your story. DMs welcome! I’m working on a new workshop about this very scenario. And stay tuned for more information about this issue. 🩷

The million dollar question, right? Love this perspective by  🩷
01/09/2024

The million dollar question, right? Love this perspective by 🩷

☮️❤️ and coping skills! Take care of yourself this season, whatever that looks like for you.
12/24/2023

☮️❤️ and coping skills! Take care of yourself this season, whatever that looks like for you.

Narrator: But it was his. Why is this always the very first response from a teenager, and even more curious, why do pare...
11/22/2023

Narrator: But it was his.

Why is this always the very first response from a teenager, and even more curious, why do parents believe this statement?

In therapy, when a teen is retelling a story of “getting caught” they will usually say, “I told my mom it wasn’t mine or I was holding it for a friend.” When I ask, is that true? They just laugh. It was been my experience that 99.9 % of the time, the thing you found was indeed your teen’s thing.

I know parents really want to believe their teen was “just holding it” for a friend and by believing that, you are shielding yourself from the pain of knowing your child is making choices you hoped they wouldn’t. Also, by believing it, you don’t have to hand down a punishment that might be hard for you to do and be the bad guy to your child.

Obviously, a multi-layered scenario here (poor choices, lying, manipulation) but the “That’s not mine” statement is the jumping point for an important talk with your teen regardless of its truth.

**ngepidemic

Child development has been replaced with child achievement. It’s all around us. The schools our children attend and the ...
11/10/2023

Child development has been replaced with child achievement. It’s all around us. The schools our children attend and the sports teams and activities they are affiliated with have such value that we place stickers on our cars and signs in our yard broadcasting their enrollment & participation. We post about all of their lives on our socials then we wonder how they became so anxious and overwhelmed. They are on display daily.

Their childhoods have such high value in our families. All eyes are on them. We go to all their games and we track their grades. What (historically) was a time of personal development has become a spectacle of sorts for all to see.

This is parenting in the 21st century.

Want more on this conversation? Book a presentation through my website. I speak to parent groups, businesses, schools, and conferences about what it means to be a parent in this tech age with warp speed events and opportunities for achievement.

Middle children have so many positive traits from this tricky position in a family, they just don’t believe it!         ...
10/30/2023

Middle children have so many positive traits from this tricky position in a family, they just don’t believe it!

Remember, first borns only have mom and dad in front of them to observe how to do life soooo, this one makes perfect sen...
10/24/2023

Remember, first borns only have mom and dad in front of them to observe how to do life soooo, this one makes perfect sense!

But why specifically affluent kids? These kids wants to maintain a lifestyle and image so they emulate parental choices for similar results. This is not the case in lower socioeconomic families.

Parenting an affluent kid? Make sure they are making choices about majors and careers based on interest and not financial outcome. They will be more fulfilled adults if they choose interest over outcome…with better mental health too!

HOCO is a wrap in my house. Two full weekends of balloons, photos, catered dinners, pre-parties, post-parties, and memor...
10/22/2023

HOCO is a wrap in my house. Two full weekends of balloons, photos, catered dinners, pre-parties, post-parties, and memories. How did it all go?

I had so many conversations about “what’s too much” for our kids. Will they expect balloon arches and professional photos for all events of their adult lives? Are we distorting reality or just showing our love to them? 🧐

What are your thoughts?
💙💛💙💛💙💛

The goal of a middle child is to be different than the first born. If most first borns are generally compliant, rule fol...
10/19/2023

The goal of a middle child is to be different than the first born. If most first borns are generally compliant, rule following, organized and efficient, middle children must be different to gain parental attention. This makes them the opposite of compliant and/or efficient.
The are the disruptors. 👩🏼‍🎤🧑‍🎤👨‍🎤

They are the boundary pushers, the attitude givers, and the ones who push back on the family norms. Their behavior leaves a first born gasping in horror!

The good news…middle children leave the nest with an absolute wonderful skill set and are often the most well-rounded, empathetic, and loyal of the bunch.

Cheers to the middles!

New book alert! Check out this MODERN take on puberty from two experts. Update your knowledge on this sticky time of lif...
10/14/2023

New book alert! Check out this MODERN take on puberty from two experts. Update your knowledge on this sticky time of life.

Also, kudos to the designer of this book cover. Could it be any more perfect?? 💛🩵


One simple question could be so helpful to your teen. Asking a teen if they want to “talk to someone” might open a door ...
10/12/2023

One simple question could be so helpful to your teen. Asking a teen if they want to “talk to someone” might open a door they desperately need. Just ask!

You might follow it up with, “I know there are things you don’t want to talk about with me, but it’s good to talk to someone.”

I usually recommend offering your teen 3️⃣ choices for therapy. Have them look at the websites and Instagram pages of the therapists and say, “Look closely at these and you choose one. We’ll start there.” This gives them a little ownership in the process.

Remember, it’s ok to start therapy before something comes up. Establishing a relationship is a good first step, so if and when something comes up, a therapist is already established and step one is already complete!

Mom can’t fix it. They can’t avoid or ignore it. They are stuck and have to figure it out on their own. This is a nice l...
10/06/2023

Mom can’t fix it. They can’t avoid or ignore it. They are stuck and have to figure it out on their own.

This is a nice little parental experiment to watch from afar-how does my child handle this issue? Complain? Find solutions? Avoid? Advocate for themselves?

Has your college student been in this situation?

What did you learn about your child from this adverse experience while away from you??

I would love to hear your comments, good or bad!

True statement! Now be honest, what would your homework average be if it were actually graded??  Truth is, we tend to be...
10/05/2023

True statement! Now be honest, what would your homework average be if it were actually graded??

Truth is, we tend to be hard on our children, but do we hold ourselves to the same standards? 🧐

Having multiple friend groups takes the pressure off the one “main” group being so powerful. One group of friends being ...
09/24/2023

Having multiple friend groups takes the pressure off the one “main” group being so powerful. One group of friends being difficult? No problem. Go hang with your other group. Don’t put all your social eggs in one social basket. 🥚🧺

Most teens have a main “school” group of friends, but bonus points if they also have a dance group, barn group, club sport group, church group, neighborhood group, camp group, etc.

Main friend groups will have drama, and it’s great to have another outlet. As parents, remember to foster other friend groups for your kids as much as possible.

It’s also good to model this for your kids. Do you have multiple friend groups? What are your kids seeing you do? 🧐

Research shows the character traits of firstborns lend themselves to high-earning, high-achieving careers. No surprises ...
09/18/2023

Research shows the character traits of firstborns lend themselves to high-earning, high-achieving careers. No surprises here! 🤓📊

There you are, raising a typical teenager and then they start acting different, even worrisome. You grow increasingly co...
09/11/2023

There you are, raising a typical teenager and then they start acting different, even worrisome. You grow increasingly concerned. So you ask your pediatrician or friends and they say, “Teenagers are moody. It will pass.” But it doesn’t pass, and your parental alarms are going off. What could be happening? What has happened to your teen? They are having more bad days than good day.

We know much of mental health is genetic. Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression can often be genetic and these genes “turn on” during adolescence as that child brain is rewiring itself to be an adult brain. In this reconstruction, some genes go online for the first time and can affect mood.

So, is your teen just a “moody teenager” who isn’t sleeping enough or eating well? Or…is this the beginning stages of a mood disorder that is just now showing up genetically?

A parent cannot decipher this. You love them too much and you can’t be objective. This is the work of a professional who…and this is the important part…SPECIALIZES IN TEENAGERS.

A therapist whose website says they treat children, teens, adults and couples is not a specialist. Look for that very important distinction. Start there, make an appointment and begin the journey with a professional to differentiate what’s normal adolescent behavior and what is not.

Kids are going back to school, but moms are starting new too-a new year in parenting. Each of your children will need so...
08/26/2023

Kids are going back to school, but moms are starting new too-a new year in parenting. Each of your children will need something NEW from you that they didn’t need before.

Don’t get caught thinking, “Oh, we’ve done _____ grade before.” Well, you haven’t with THIS particular child so be ready to adjust the sails with each child each year.

Be present, pay attention to how they are struggling (academically, emotionally, socially or physically) and look to make adjustments quickly.

Above all, reiterate you are in this together and you’ll figure it out one day at a time together. The verbal support is always the first step, whether you have a kindergartner or a college kid. They just want to know they are not alone in their challenges.

🎙️Podcast alert! Thank you to the  and  for the invite to be a guest on the brand new Dallas Express podcast! On this ep...
08/22/2023

🎙️Podcast alert! Thank you to the and for the invite to be a guest on the brand new Dallas Express podcast! On this episode, we talked about parenting, the overwhelming stress our kids are under these days and how to combat the growing mental health concerns in our Dallas community.

Check it out soon! 🎙️


Oh, August! You win the award for anxiety influencer of the year. 🏆All the new starts and fear of the unknown: Kids leav...
08/21/2023

Oh, August! You win the award for anxiety influencer of the year. 🏆

All the new starts and fear of the unknown: Kids leaving for college, younger ones starting new schools, new teachers, and new (harder!) subjects. Parents making sure everything has been bought, labeled and packaged correctly. Did I put money in the lunch account?

Whew. What an emotional mess. My best advice is this…give it a minute. Get the lay of the land. Observe the first few weeks carefully and talk about it each night. Make adjustments.

Parents: Read your emails, GroupMe, texts.

Kids: Do most of your morning preparation the night before.

Parents: coach your kids to figure out what’s what in the first couple of weeks. Then have a talk about the adjustments and what each of you will do to smooth out the rough edges.

Most importantly, reiterate to your children that you will do this together! Kids just want to know that you’re in the trenches with them, and that you will help them figure it out.

Good luck, everyone. 🍎
I promise that cortisol bath you’re in right now will calm down with each day that ticks off this month.

We’re back in it! The hustle of school, and for some families the MORNING chaos is the worst. For other families, it’s t...
08/20/2023

We’re back in it! The hustle of school, and for some families the MORNING chaos is the worst. For other families, it’s the after-school release that’s emotional mayhem.

Here are a few morning tips that might help smooth out those tense mornings. What tips would you add for the morning rush?? 🫨🥱

Podcast alert! Check out my interview with Heather McFadyen of  as we cover back-to-school mom things and touch on some ...
08/19/2023

Podcast alert! Check out my interview with Heather McFadyen of as we cover back-to-school mom things and touch on some tricky technology too!

Reminder that not all kids are at their best at school…and that’s ok! Some shine on the athletic fields, the stage, or e...
08/12/2023

Reminder that not all kids are at their best at school…and that’s ok! Some shine on the athletic fields, the stage, or even in your garage fixing things!

School is not the end all-be all for kids. They all have unique gifts and different types of intelligences. Let’s not get caught up in the idea that everyone should be great at school. 🙏🏻

Middle school bookends for these two. One begins the journey (grade 5)  and one ends it (grade 8). 🙏🏻First day jitters f...
08/10/2023

Middle school bookends for these two. One begins the journey (grade 5) and one ends it (grade 8). 🙏🏻

First day jitters for all. 🍎✏️😬

Common bonds form the foundation of friendship-at any age. Friends help normalize the hardships, mishaps, and setbacks. ...
07/29/2023

Common bonds form the foundation of friendship-at any age. Friends help normalize the hardships, mishaps, and setbacks. They make life feel manageable and enjoyable. Look for moments like the one C.S. Lewis mentions here and then go chase those new friendships regardless of age! 💙

Daughters. What a complex ride. They are a kaleidoscope of thoughts, feelings, emotions, interests, convictions, opinion...
06/29/2023

Daughters. What a complex ride. They are a kaleidoscope of thoughts, feelings, emotions, interests, convictions, opinions, and assumptions. Well, mine is anyway. She’s not a firstborn, so those typical traits are out the window. Everything I know to be true about middle children is encapsulated in this girl. My middle child. My only girl.

Yes, yes, yes. I know. Boys can be all these things too. I know. I have 2 boys also. Trust me. I’m getting both sides of the parenting playbook.

But for now, let’s hear it for daughters. The ones who make us laugh, cry, boil with frustration, and remind us that we represent all of womanhood to her and she is always watching us to decide what’s what, what ought to be and what is.

And sometimes, they even let us match when we go to yoga together. 🧘🏻‍♀️💜

Teaching teens and tweens that they don’t need to respond to every snarky text, message, snap or comment is a tough less...
06/18/2023

Teaching teens and tweens that they don’t need to respond to every snarky text, message, snap or comment is a tough lesson. Not everything needs a response and sometimes saying nothing means saying everything.

*The irony here is that they often ignore parent texts. So they *can* do it, but their fear of losing their social status or sense of belonging propels them to (feel the need) to respond to everything.

Reminder: Kids with ADHD will have a harder time with this concept due to their impulsivity challenges.

Godspeed to all parents who are parenting in this age of technology. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Who’s parenting a middle schooler for the first time this fall? You might as well go ahead and put this one in your cart...
06/17/2023

Who’s parenting a middle schooler for the first time this fall? You might as well go ahead and put this one in your cart! If the kids have summer reading, so do you!

Consider yourself warned. 🤪
Just kidding…well, not really.
Buy the book.
Middle school is coming and you are not prepared for the social landscape.


Ahhhh, summer. The real test of how well our kids can handle downtime. How’s it going so far? 😎🫠
06/16/2023

Ahhhh, summer. The real test of how well our kids can handle downtime.

How’s it going so far? 😎🫠

Let’s hear it for dyslexia strengths! 🙌 Quite simply, just a different way of seeing things.
06/14/2023

Let’s hear it for dyslexia strengths! 🙌
Quite simply, just a different way of seeing things.

My dyslexic thinking skills of being imaginative but keeping things simple helped me build Virgin into the brand it is today.

Throughout my life I’ve simplified everything. I didn’t like flying very much (most airlines seemed to be expensive, stuffy, and bland), so I got out a piece of paper and worked out how to start an airline - but do it better. We launched Virgin Atlantic with just one plane and went on from there. More recently, we started a cruise line and followed the same approach of keeping it simple but doing it better. The approach worked again, and Virgin Voyages became the first brand to ever win all five awards at the Cruisers’ Choice Awards this year. Here’s more on how my dyslexic thinking helped Virgin become the brand it is today: https://virg.in/UgCx

Made By Dyslexia

Can you see it? There’s one in every family! A child who needs more of you than the others. It never fails, and it’s tru...
06/11/2023

Can you see it? There’s one in every family! A child who needs more of you than the others. It never fails, and it’s true in every family…and apparently in a family of trees as well. 🌿

A few other observations about the lineup of trees in my backyard:

1. It is not lost on me that the first (born) is pretty spectacular. Full, bright green and perfect.

2. The second (born) is in direct opposition of the first, as second borns always do. It is rebelling against the first one in front of it and all the others. I will be different, and I will push the norm that states I should be a certain way. I and brown, accept me as I am.

3. The last (born) is the smallest and obviously the cutest. 💚

What else do you notice?
Birth order observations only…
🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳

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