Teen and Youth Focus

Social Media: Understanding It and Finding Balance

Social Media: Understanding It and Finding Balance

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

The Real Dangers of Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

The Real Dangers of Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

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.
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Disciplining Your Teen with Composure

Disciplining Your Teen with Composure

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

Guilty of Wanting to Wear Makeup – A Teen Perspective

Guilty of Wanting to Wear Makeup – A Teen Perspective

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

Raising A Gifted Child – A Mom’s Perpective of Her Teen

Raising A Gifted Child – A Mom’s Perpective of Her Teen

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