Communication

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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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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Seven Worst Things To Say During A Divorce

Seven Worst Things To Say During A Divorce

Divorce does not have to be a devastating end to your family. It marks the beginning of a new family for you and your children. Focus on creating a new life together. Show your children how to divorce gracefully by eliminating the seven worst things you can say to them during a divorce. Continue reading

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

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Troubling periods in our lives can always be fruitful bonding opportunities. Such experiences can make us grateful for what we have. They can open our eyes to the beauties of small moments that we may normally miss. Boys instinctively lean towards their fathers when life feels uncertain. 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

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

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