As the parent of a teen, you may long for the days when you could hold your child on your lap and they were eager to talk, laugh, and play with you. Those days may be long gone, but you can still find ways to connect with your teen. Here are a few tips to make process easier.
Talk About Your Past Experiences
If your teen is having a problem, they may think they are the only one in the world who has ever had that... Read More
Young, wild, and free ... isn't that what it's supposed to feel like to be a teenager? While it's normal for teens to push and discover their limits, it's also dangerous. Due in large part to the fact that parenting decisions are only as sound as the information on which they're based, more parents are choosing to rely on tools and technology than gut instinct.
Here are three strategies for parents... Read More
When it comes to raising well-rounded children, extracurricular activities play a huge role in keeping your kids in line. According to one education consultant, participation in school activities, sports and community clubs and organizations during the middle school years has a positive effect on at-risk teens who might drop out in high school. In addition to fostering positive character traits in children, it also creates a school... Read More
When your teenager starts to get out of hand you have to ask yourself some hard questions. The first step is to honestly evaluate how you think you're doing when communicating with your teen. Do you feel you are sharing valuable information and time? Or do you feel there is a communication gap and he's hiding something?
Look for these warning signs:
Out of touch with reality
Sudden personality... Read More
Sex, drugs and alcohol -- these are subjects you'll want to talk about with your children before there is a problem. As a family, you can establish boundaries and consequences and come to a common understanding of what is acceptable.
Sex: According to Advocates for Youth, statistics indicate that children who talk to their parents about sex are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior, such as having sex without condoms. 70.6%... Read More
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen is a rocker, NOT a pop star, for your information. That's what the 16-year-old let everyone know in an interview with FHM magazine. And she had a scathing review of fellow child-star-turned-pop-princess Miley Cyrus. "I'm not looking to be Miley Cyrus...I do think the Disney bubblegum that the world is living right now is pathetic. I thought we passed that repression," she told the magazine. That... Read More