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Lost in Space? Social Media and Technology Addiction is a Huge Teen Issue!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is an article I wrote in the last Imagine Magazine by The Sedona International City of Peace. Please parents read it. It is critical for your teens happiness. Here is the digital link if you want to check out the entire magazine. It’s amazing. IMAGINE MAGAZINE In my 20-plus years of mentoring teens and parents, I have never seen a greater disconnection between teens and their natural environment than I do now. When I was young, I got up in the morning, walked to my friend’s house or called her on a phone that was attached to a...

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Tackling Teen Issues: The Pressure for Sex

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Sexuality, Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tackling Teen Issues: The Pressure for Sex With hookup culture becoming a prevalent teen issue, many parents are wondering if anything can be done. Teens have always had sex, and it’s always scared their parents, but never in history has casual sex been so celebrated. Then again, it’s not always the casual encounters that are the most dangerous. It’s the casual encounters that are dressed up as something more. The Dangers of Rushing Sex: Regret and Embarrassment A study of more than 1400 undergraduate students found that both men and women...

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Mentoring Programs for Teen Girls: Could Your Daughter Use a Mentor?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in parenting, Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mentoring programs for teen girls have proven to be extremely beneficial!  You might think that mentorships are only for troubled teens who don’t have parents, but that isn’t the case. There are many powerful stories about teens who experienced life-changing benefits from having a mentor. Ask yourself these questions to see if a mentor might be a good idea for your teen. 1. Did You Tell Your Mom Everything? Think back on your teen years. Were you keeping secrets from your mom? In most cases, the answer is probably yes. Even if you and your...

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How Adults Can Help Raise Self-Esteem in Teens

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Self Esteem, Teen issues, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How Adults Can Help Raise Self-Esteem in Teens Low self-esteem is a common teen issue. As parents, we desperately hope to find a way to preserve the innocence our kids had during youth while also helping them become thriving adults. We watch them go through the trials of adolescence, and we see the way negative experiences with bullying and heartbreak chip away at their self-esteem. What’s a struggling parent to do? Building Self-esteem in Teens: A Parent’s Role 1. Think About Your Words You’re probably used to your teens ignoring the sound...

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Teen Issues with Casual Sex

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is there a teen issue with casual sex? Of all possible teen issues, sex is high on the list of concerns that keep a parents up at night. While attitudes about sex have always grown more liberal over time, we didn’t always have the internet. Thanks to hookup apps like Tinder, most teens can find a sex partner in a matter of minutes. Teen Issues with Sex and Love A 2014 study from the Journal of Sex Research found that casual sex had negative effects on psychological wellness. It’s easier to label sex as meaningless than it is to admit that...

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Cultivating Kindness: Are You Teaching Your Teens Compassion?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you teaching your teens compassion? Lack of empathy is a common teen issue. If you’ve ever looked at your teens and wondered if you’re raising a group of sociopaths, you’re not alone. Teens are capable of compassion, but they’re also more likely to follow peer pressure and make impulsive decisions due to the state of their developing brains. If you want to help your teen become a better person, you’ll have to work on cultivating kindness. 1. Provide a Bigger Picture Most children are only aware of their own social and familial circles,...

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Happy New Years!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s the new year and as parents have you been thinking about how you can get your teen to shift their behavior for the better this year? How to get them to do their chores, bring up their grades, have more respect for themselves, and stop disrespecting you? I think this might be a similar goal for a lot of parents. I would have to say that you probably think about this throughout the year, not just at the beginning of the year. I believe this is a full time job, parents! Looking at how you might be able to mold your teen into a...

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Moving On-Teenage Self Esteem

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Self Esteem, Teen issues, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was so impressed with this teen regarding letting go of friends that no longer had the same interests as her. Instead of conforming and going along with the crowd because she was afraid of not having any friends, she stayed in her truth about who she was. I wish all girls could see their value and not change who they are because they are ultimately afraid of being alone or not fitting in. Enjoy this article from an empowered teen. Moving On by Chloe Hiller I have known most of my friends since 2nd grade but we didn’t get close until...

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Teenagers and Sexting: When to Take Away the Smart Phones

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Sexuality, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is a serious call out to all parents of teenagers! When is it okay take away your teens smart phone?  Some teenage issues have been around forever and are likely to continue to plague parents for centuries to come, but the parents of today’s teens are dealing with some disturbing issues that are truly unprecedented. Parents have always known that the web was a dangerous place. Teens can be exposed to predators, pornography and other unpleasant things that come with the territory of an ungoverned digital world. What we didn’t count on was...

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The Importance of a Relationship with Dad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Relationships, Self Esteem, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How important is the relationship between father/daughter?  Parenting teens isn’t easy. There’s plenty of talk about teens having a strong relationship with their mothers, but a girl’s relationship with her dad has a huge effect on your future as well. 1. Dads Dream Big If you’re a dad who has big dreams for your little girl, you could be helping to shape her future. They key is to help her discover her own dreams rather than project yours onto her. If you’ve always dreamed of having a doctor in the family, there’s nothing wrong with...

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