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Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. Continue reading

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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Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.

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Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Teens experience a lot of worries and anxieties on the best of days, and these feelings will be intensified when they hear about your divorce. Also, you don’t want them to go completely the other way and shut down emotionally as a way of protecting themselves. Talking will allow them to process their feelings and put their thoughts into some kind of context that makes sense. Continue reading

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

If there is one hot button to be aware of it is this; teenagers will test the resolve of their parents until breaking point. They will break you down, until you give up. Therefore, you need to be consistent, even during times when your teen is gradually wearing you down to the point of making you want to pull your hair out or shout at the top of your lungs. Continue reading

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

When a teen-aged boy vents a lot of anger towards his mother, or uses abusive language with her, it can be seen as a desperate attempt on his part to create some space for himself. He simply needs more room to breathe. This isn’t meant to suggest that parents should condone that sort of behavior. But we can better understand why our kids are acting out if we’re able to see how it fulfills an inner need. Continue reading

Teens and Independence

Teens and Independence

As teens mature, they seek greater independence and autonomy. This causes a natural disdain for authority and resistance to family rules. Parents can help by gradually easing their children into positions of responsibility. Undesirable defiance and other oppositional behavior will naturally diminish as a teen assumes their new self-governing roles. Continue reading

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

Evil prevails when good men and women do nothing, and nothing changes unless we accept that there is a problem. We are long overdue to engage in an honest, open and frank national dialogue about what we can do to address the threat that gangs pose to the societal, emotional and spiritual health of our country. Continue reading

Video Games – The Next Art Form (a teen perspective)

Video Games – The Next Art Form (a teen perspective)

Apart from the economic impact of video games, there is the argument that “video games are not art!” I want to challenge this idea by posing the question “what really is art?” Webster’s dictionary defines it as being “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Continue reading

Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

More so even than school programs, public service messages, and the threat of the law, parents can wield the strongest influence over their kids in this matter. We just need to be honest about our concerns, firm about our expectations, and able to communicate in a way that inspires conversation and sharing rather than reactions. Continue reading

Trying to Understand Youth Violence

Trying to Understand Youth Violence

The reality is that bullying, mass school shootings and gang violence are inflicted and directed toward our youth on a random basis. This aggressive behavior is the foundation for the one of the escalating problems that our youth are facing everyday. Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 have the highest risk of being victims of violence. Continue reading

Sex Discrimination – As Seen Through A Teen’s Eyes

Sex Discrimination – As Seen Through A Teen’s Eyes

When you think of sex discrimination, you probably think about a work environment where a woman is getting paid less than a man, or a woman is not promoted simply because she is a woman. While these situations are often true, sex discrimination is something that could potentially happen to anybody. Continue reading

Anger, Fear, and Sadness – As Experienced by A Teen

Anger, Fear, and Sadness – As Experienced by A Teen

Anger and sadness come right along with fear in most any fear-based situation, and can do a lot of damage to someone. After all, as humans, we learn by mistakes. So when we are told there is a monster outside, the emotional reactions we have are going to stick with us much longer than the feeling of relief which comes with the rising sun. Continue reading

The Teen and Body Image

The Teen and Body Image

At what point can someone say, with confidence, that they are beautiful? What constitutes being beautiful? Does it suddenly happen when you reach a certain age, or is there some sort of merit prerequisite? I don’t believe that any of those standards apply. For me, being able to say with confidence that I am beautiful came with a little shift of perspective. Continue reading

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