Children and teens are spending upwards of seven hours a day attached to and engaged in some sort of digital device. Over the last decade, there have been numerous studies to confirm that there are both risks, as well as a few benefits, for parents to be aware of as their teens take part in the current social media revolution. Continue reading
Although a certain amount of anxiety is natural, parents often perpetuate performance anxiety by setting standards that are too high for their children. Teens suffering from performance anxiety may have problems including low self-esteem and higher incidences of alcohol and drug abuse.
Drugs and alcohol affect the mind negatively by distorting perception, blocking all sensations, blurring memory, destroying creativity, and they can become a doorway to mental illness. Educate yourself on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in teens. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
At lunch time, I found some of my old friends. I ran up to them and started asking what they had done on summer break. Already, they had new friends. They were not mean to me, but somehow I felt left out. After lunch they returned to their class with their new buddies and I wandered off to my solitude amongst strangers. Continue reading
Both parents and children can be guilty of escalating matters unnecessarily as they argue their side, those parents who can fore go getting angry and shouting will be more successful at getting their point across and guiding their children into compliance. A raised voice and a threatening stance do nothing to enhance a parent/child relationship that may already be very fragile. Continue reading
Why should teens be judged for wanting to feel better about themselves? There are enough other little things that tend to set us off, anyway! Would wearing a little mascara turn her into a murderer? What crime does she commit by adding a little bit of blue over her eye? Will she get a DUI because she has some sheer lip gloss on? Continue reading
When I first heard the words from my daughter “I want to wear makeup” my gut reaction was “you don’t need it” and “you are too young”.
I did not want to talk about it with my daughter because that meant she was getting older. Now you may ask, “what does that have to do with makeup?” Continue reading
At times, I like being titled as a gifted kid, but then other times I don’t like it at all because I feel any mistake I make is SO big that it makes me feel a failure. People might not actually say I need to be perfect, but sometimes their reactions make it feel that way. Continue reading
What happens then when your child not only succeeds in passing the qualifiers, but exceeds them to a point where the parent is approached by a specialty instructor to ask if your child can be tested for the gifted program. What do you do when it seems your child is able to comprehend ideas and perform tasks more easily and quickly than their peers. Continue reading