Tackling Teen Issues: The Pressure for Sex

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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Teenagers and Sexting: When to Take Away the Smart Phones

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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Transgender Youth and the Risks

Supporting Transgender Teens Being transgender can be very confusing, and parents who love a transgender teen are often just as confused about how to provide support. Transgender Teens: A Greater Risk According to a recent Harvard study, transgender teens are at a greater risk for depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harm than their cisgender peers. It’s hard to be different and even harder to be different in a way that the many people still don’t understand. Some transgender teens become victims of bullying. Others stay lost in...

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Child Sex Trafficking: The Harsh Reality

Parents regularly stress out about teen issues, but most of us don’t realize how lucky we are to have our kids safe at home. You’ve likely heard about child trafficking, but like most parents, you’ve probably also assumed that it’s not something you have to worry about. This stuff only happens to kids with absent parents, right? Unfortunately, child trafficking is a very real problem, and children from all backgrounds and areas are abducted for the purposes of sex or organ trafficking regularly. This is a horrific subject to think about, but...

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When Teens Date Adults: Do You Know the Age of Consent in Your State?

Minor teen issues are one thing. However, there are certain circumstances when we parents feel we must intervene. If your teen has begun dating a much-older person, you have a legitimate reason to be concerned. It’s likely that they’re being taken advantage of, but if your teen is in love, they probably won’t see it. Why Teenagers Choose Older Partners It’s not difficult to understand why a younger person would want to date an older, established adult. A person in their twenties or thirties is likely to have a job and therefore much more...

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Hooking Up: A Teen Issue

A few generations ago, the term that parents of teens had to worry about was “going steady.” It usually meant that two teens were in a committed relationship that consisted of sharing lunches and going on movie dates over the weekend. The longing for a boyfriend or girlfriend is a big teen issue, and while most parents certainly want to see their kids happy, new dating terminology is throwing a lot of them off. These days, kids don’t go steady. They “hook up.” Confusing Terms: What Does Hooking up Really Mean? When you hear the term “hooking...

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