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The Myth of the “Troubled Teen”

The Myth of the “Troubled Teen”

Although adolescence is a time of change, it doesn’t’ mean that relationships with teens must change for the worse. When parents invite their children to go through the natural process of growing up and make the time to share in the process, the teen years can be a satisfying and rewarding time for the whole family. Continue reading

How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

From the moment you hold your child, you promise yourself that you’ll do everything you can to make sure they are safe. You prepare them for their first step, for their first day school, and their first heartbreak — but what about their first exposure to drugs and alcohol? Continue reading

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading

Autism and Bullying – A Special Concern

Autism and Bullying – A Special Concern

Bullying can affect children, teens, and adults of all walks of life. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, however, can be particularly vulnerable to bullying. Bullying occurs among children in all grade levels, but the data shows the most severe bullying tends to affect those in 5th to 8th grade. Continue reading

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Teen Perspective

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Teen Perspective

Teenager Take:
As a teenager, I have had fights with my parents, and probably will in the future. It is my teen nature. They will say the wrong thing and so will I. It is a process. And if you’re the first child, it’s not just a process for you, but also a new process for them. But what I have learned is that they do understand, even though most of the time we teens say they don’t. Continue reading

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Parent Perspective

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Parent Perspective

Parent Take:
You can call them disagreements, tiffs or discussions, but most of the time they are downright arguments. And why do we have these arguments? It appears to be a natural part of the parent-teen dynamic. It seems no matter how much we try to avoid them, they do happen. Continue reading

Teaching Children to Respect Others

Teaching Children to Respect Others

In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
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Four Important Questions to Ask Your Teen

Four Important Questions to Ask Your Teen

Staying involved as a parent is important, especially with teenagers. When you ask questions to obtain a better understanding of your teen’s social life, you show how much you care. If you aren’t always successful in getting your teen to open up, don’t give up on asking questions!
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The Five Best and Worst Things You Can Say to Your Children about War and Terrorism

The Five Best and Worst Things You Can Say to Your Children about War and Terrorism

Children worry. They get scared. They have strong feelings about war, terrorism, and death. To tell them they have nothing to worry about is to ask them to numb their feelings, push them down, and pretend they don’t exist. In emotional times, children need support. They need adults in their lives who help them work through their feelings in safe ways.
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