Teen and Youth Focus

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

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Every young person will respond to drugs in ways that are particular to their temperaments and physiology. The key thing to look for is abrupt changes in behavior. Mood swings, for example, can be a giveaway. Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next. Continue reading

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

If you have a preteen, then be prepared. Peer pressure usually escalates in middle school and, if your child doesn’t know how to adequately handle it, high school can be brutal. There are a few key ways that you can help your preteen deal with peer pressure better: teach them about what peer pressure is, offer them ways to cope with it, and keep the lines of communication open. Continue reading

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicative support is a critical developmental factor that adds to the well-being of all children, but it is especially important during the sometimes turbulent teenage years. Teens need their parents to develop the ability to support them with compassion and guide them with understanding. Continue reading

Understanding Development During The Teens Years

Understanding Development During The Teens Years

“Just wait until they’re teenagers!” is a phrase often uttered by parents, usually with some degree of dread. People often talk about “having teenagers” like it’s the worst thing that can happen to a person, akin to “having the plague.” The good news is that no one is going to just drop a teenager off at your doorstep one day, complete with a bad attitude and the music you hate. Your teenager is still your child, your helpless newborn whose toes you counted and kissed the day they were born. Continue reading

Understanding Teen “Cutting”

Understanding Teen “Cutting”

If you or your child know someone who is cutting, make it your top priority to let that person know that you really care. Don’t shame or judge the person, don’t make fun of the person, and don’t treat the person like a freak. Cutters don’t cut for attention, but sometimes paying attention can go a long way in helping a cutter grow strong and happy enough to kick the habit. Above all, if you want to help, become the good listener that the cutter can trust.
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Why Teens Contemplate Suicide

Why Teens Contemplate Suicide

Many teens that survive a suicide attempt have said that they were trying to escape a seemingly impossible situation or avoid unrelenting bad feelings. They say that they don’t want to die as much as they are want relief from painful emotions. Some teens may be feeling rejected, worthless, or they may feel like they are a disappointment to family members. Continue reading

Talking to Teens about Forgiveness

Talking to Teens about Forgiveness

Consider the wisdom of this anonymous quote: “Not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Although the term “forgive” seems to imply that the other person is the one getting a great gift, it’s the one that has the ability to forgive that is receiving the most notable reward. Continue reading

Should My Teen Be My Facebook Friend?

Should My Teen Be My Facebook Friend?

A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that the parents who friended their children on Facebook were most likely to talk to their teens about online safety. On the other hand, the survey found that these parents were much more likely to experience conflict with their teens about social media. Continue reading

The Collision Between the Teenager and Mid-Life Parents

The Collision Between the Teenager and Mid-Life Parents

Many times, parents are overwhelmed with their own struggle with mortality and they feel somewhat vulnerable in the face of the youthful actions and carefree style of teens. But your budding adult needs for you to remember that their healthy journey into adulthood is dependent upon a sound relationship with you – their parent. Continue reading

Teen Pregnancy: Risk Factors and Intervention

Teen Pregnancy:  Risk Factors and Intervention

We like to think of our society as progressive and capable of solving our social ills one problem at a time, but the fact of the matter is that, among industrialized nations, the U.S. leads the way in teen pregnancy. Currently, 4 out of every 10 girls in the U.S. will become pregnant by their 20th birthday. Continue reading

Family Dinners Also Feed The Teenager’s Soul

Family Dinners Also Feed The Teenager’s Soul

Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana; and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. Continue reading

What Teens Can Learn from a Recession

What Teens Can Learn from a Recession

Recessions are a fact of life. In fact, history says that teenagers today will most likely experience at least one more major economic recession in their lifetime. But by learning valuable and eye-opening lessons from their circumstances, teens can be better equipped to weather hard times that may come in the future. Continue reading