The Balance Between Providing Emotional Support and Providing Guidance

Emotional Support and Guidance to Teens When raising a teen, it can be difficult to find the balance between emotional support and guidance. As much as we might want to support everything our kids do, there are times when we must step in. Many parents want to be best friends with their teens and have a hard time providing this sort of guidance. Others have a tendency to go too far in the other direction, constantly nagging and scolding their kids without ever providing a listening ear. The path to good parenting lies somewhere in the middle....

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Picky Eating: Five Tips to Help Your Teen Follow a Healthier Diet

Healthier Diet for Teens Healthy eating is crucial for a growing teen. When the body receives an adequate intake of nutrition, the mood stabilizes, the mind grows sharper and there is more energy available to handle daily responsibilities. Most parents already know this, but a problem arises when a child is too picky to follow a healthy diet plan. It’s common for teens to want nothing but junk food, which is likely due to peer pressure, television commercials and the tendency to take health for granted. Luckily, you can have a major influence...

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How to Prepare for Healthy Eating all Week Long For Your Teen

Healthy Eating for Teens If you’re like most parents, you’re probably trying to balance work, raising kids and your personal life. This can be a challenge, and it often seems like there isn’t much time left at the end of the day. This can lead to stopping at the drive-thru instead of preparing a healthy meal. What’s the solution? First, it’s important to know what a week of healthy eating looks like to you. Every family has different needs, and the way you will plan your meals and snacks depends on your schedule, your budget and your...

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The Ups and Downs of Being a Teen: How to Survive the Stress

Stress in Teenage Years The teenage years are going to be stressful. That may be a bold statement, but it’s almost always true. No matter what circumstances you find yourself in as you go through your teen years, there will be many emotional ups and downs. The unfortunate part of this is that it can cause a lot of upset feelings. The good news is that it’s completely normal. Knowing this won’t necessarily make the problems you face easier, but it can help you have a better attitude as you face them. What are the Reasons that Teens Face so...

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A Guide for Troubleshooting Teen Problems

Troubleshooting Teen Problems During the difficult teen years, it’s more important than ever for parents to be supportive. However, sometimes parents need a little support too. If you’re struggling with a difficult teen, you’re not alone. There are many common problems that parents face while raising teens, and luckily, there are also some good solutions. The Problem: You Don’t Like Your Teen’s Friends The Solution: First, you need to examine exactly why these particular kids rub you the wrong way. Is it the way...

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Is Vegetarianism Safe for Teens?

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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