Strong Boundaries Create Happy Teens

Setting Boundaries: How Limits Can Help You Avoid Teen Issues  Setting boundaries is one of the tough parts about being a parent. Being a parent is easy when you’re being silly with your kids, buying them presents or enjoying fun times together. It’s a lot harder when the teen issues start showing and it becomes time to lay down the law. The Importance of Limits: Why Teenagers Need Them Some teens mature faster than others. If you have a mature, well-spoken teen, she might start to convince you that she’s all grown up. However, all teens are...

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Positive Reinforcement as Opposed to Negative for Teen Issues 

Looking at the Good: Are You Providing Your Teen with Enough Positive Reinforcement?  When you’re constantly dealing with teen issues, it’s easy to develop a short fuse. Your daughter gives you so many good reasons to scold her that you might miss some of the positive choices she makes. How to Reward Good Behavior and Calm Teen Issues 1. Look at Effort, Not Results You want to encourage your child to make an effort while also teaching that life isn’t fair. This is why it’s important to praise effort, not results. For example, if you witness...

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

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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Cultivating Kindness: Are You Teaching Your Teens Compassion?

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!

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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Teenage Parenting Advice: How Your Relationship Affects Your Teen

Is your relationship with your partner affecting your teen?  When you and your spouse are having a fight, your mind is likely focused on the current disagreement. Do you ever stop to think who might be listening? All couples get into arguments from time to time. Life is difficult, and no two people agree on everything. However, the way you fight says a lot about your health as a couple. It can also make a huge impact on the lives of your children. Teenage Self Esteem: How Does it Affect Future Relationships? Teenage self esteem is about a lot...

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