"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 happiness.