School Dress Codes: Do They Really Help Kids?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Body Image, Clothing, Safety, Self Development | 0 comments

School Dress Codes for Teens Do you know the length of your daughter’s inseams? What about the width of her tank-top shoulders? Did you just buy her a cute new pair of leggings? If so, you might want to double check her school’s dress code. School dress codes are growing stricter, and it’s easy to understand why. Styles are getting edgier by the minute, and we simply can’t allow our kids to go to school in their underwear. However, in many schools, popular apparel items such as denim shorts, tank tops and sandals have...

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Teens and Cell Phones: Are You a Bad Parent if You Say No?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Internet, parenting, Safety, Technology | 0 comments

Teens Cell Phones In the past, most parents would have scoffed at the idea of buying their children phones, but times have changed. Recent statistics from the Pew Internet and American Life Project show that about 75 percent of American children between the ages of 12 and 17 have their own phone, which is a 45 percent increase from where the numbers stood in 2004. Children and Phones: Good Points on Both Sides of the Debate The issue over whether or not children should have phones is commonly debated in parenting circles, and there is no...

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The Facts About Teenage Depression

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in confidence, parenting, Self Esteem, Teen issues | Comments Off

Teenage Depression Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the United States. This is disturbing, especially when you consider how many of us have a teenage son or daughter that is suffering from depression. Depression is common, but there is a surprising amount of stigma surrounding it. Many young people attempt to hide their dark feelings or cover them up with drugs and alcohol. Some schools are beginning to put together depression support groups, but the progress is slow. If we want to help our children with...

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Reality Television: Is it Getting too “Real” for Your Kids?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in media, parenting, Self Esteem | 0 comments

Influence of Reality Television Shows   Do you have a child that watches reality television? Have you ever asked yourself how much it could be affecting his or her reality? A recent study by the Girl Scouts Research Institute found that the majority of young girls who watch shows like MTV’s “Jersey Shore” believe the content is based on real life. You already know that a lot of these shows depict young people drinking and getting into fights. What sort of influence is this having on our kids? Differing Views on Reality...

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Is Vegetarianism Safe for Teens?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in General, Health, parenting | 2 comments

About Teen Vegetarianism If you raised a meat-and-potatoes family and now have a teen that wants to be a vegetarian, you’re probably a bit shocked. If you’re vegetarian yourself or you otherwise support your child’s decision, you should be aware that the nutritional requirements of a growing teen might differ from your own. Education and open communication are the keys to making a successful transition. The Benefits of Teen Vegetarianism If you take an educated approach to your teen’s vegetarian diet, he or she will:...

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Three Reasons Schools Should Teach Teens to Have Higher Self-Esteem

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in confidence, Self Development, Self Esteem, Teen issues | 0 comments

Teaching Self-Esteem Your children learn a lot in school, from mathematics to the history of their homeland. Academics are very valuable, but there is one important issue that seems to go completely ignored in our schools: teaching kids how to develop their self-esteem. Self-esteem is cultivated in a number of ways. It comes from having a strong, loving family and a healthy network of friends. It comes from doing well in school and accomplishing all of the required classwork. It comes from being taught healthy boundaries and maintaining a...

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Charity Work and Teens: Four Wonderful Benefits

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Events, Self Development, Self Esteem, Social | 0 comments

Charity Work for Teens It’s normal for teenagers to be selfish. Teens use this phase to discover their independence, test their boundaries and begin getting an idea of who they really are. It’s a sensitive and important time in a person’s life, and by introducing their teens to volunteer work during these years, parents can bring out the compassionate side of their kids. One way to do this is to introduce your teens to charity work. Regardless of your age, charity work can benefit you. It exposes you to people and cultures...

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Selfies: Popular and Possibly Unhealthy

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Internet, Self Esteem, Social, Teen issues | 0 comments

Teen Obsession on Selfies The term “selfie” has become so popular that it was recently added to the Oxford English dictionary and even deemed “Word of the Year” in 2013. If your teenagers are like most others, you probably see them taking selfies every day, and you might be wondering what sort of effect this is having on their self-esteem. Why Are Teens so Obsessed With Selfies? There are many factors that make selfies popular in the teen world. For one, teens naturally crave attention, and the reaction they receive from others goes far in...

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Six Fun and Affordable Bonding Activities for You and Your Teenage Daughter

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Holidays, parenting, Relationships, Social | 0 comments

Affordable Teen Bonding Ideas Having a teenage daughter can sometimes be trying, so it’s best to take advantage of every opportunity for fun that you can. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are still plenty of affordable ways to enjoy some mother and daughter bonding. 1. Throw a Slumber Party If it has been a while since you and your daughter shared any time alone, consider kicking your husband and son out of the living room and having a mother and daughter slumber party. Put on your favorite romantic movies, do your...

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A Vacation With Your Teens: Tips for a Memorable and Fun Time

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Holidays, Relationships, Social, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Planning a Vacation with Teens Most teens enjoy complaining whenever they get the opportunity, so it makes sense if the idea of attempting a vacation with your kids in tow makes you cringe a little. However, a family vacation can also provide some serious bonding time. At the end of your life, you will look back and smile as you remember the funny memories you made vacationing with your kids, especially if you follow a few simple tips to keep things going smoothly. 1. Make Frequent Stops If you’ll be driving to your destination, allow some...

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