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

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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Is Facebook Destroying Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem?

Social Media Effects on Teen Self-Esteem If you have a daughter who is constantly glued to Facebook, you have a good reason to be concerned. Social media has done a lot of wonderful things for the world, from helping families stay connected to allowing people to find professional and recreational opportunities they might not have known about otherwise. At the same time, studies are showing that these websites might also have a very negative effect. 1. Social Media is Often Used for Bullying You’ve probably already heard many stories in...

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Allowing Teen Partner Sleepovers: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Allowing Teen Sleepovers If your teenager is in his or her first serious relationship, you probably have a lot of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re probably happy to see your child in love and feeling great, but on the other, you now have the worry that he or she could start requesting that the boyfriend or girlfriend spend the night. Depending on your world view, you may or may not consider teenage sleepovers to be appropriate. In countries like the Netherlands, as many as two thirds of parents allow their teenage kids to have...

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Parenting a Teen: Are you Guiding or Controlling?

Parenting Teens It’s safe to say that your teens are going to do things that drive you crazy. This is a natural downside of parenting, and you might have the urge to deal with the feeling by increasing the amount of control you have over your children’s lives. However, there is a truth about the Universe that everything we try too hard to restrict ends up breaking free, rebelling and causing even more problems. This law definitely applies to teenagers. What Are You Trying to Control? When attempting to examine whether or not you...

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Four Signs That Your Teen Suffers From Low Self-Confidence

Teen Self Confidence There are many things that can affect a child’s level of self-confidence, from struggling with schoolwork to worrying about his or her physical appearance. Low self-confidence can manifest differently depending on the person, so if your child seems happy and outgoing, you shouldn’t necessarily assume everything is okay. 1. Does Your Teen Have a Hard Time Accepting Praise? When you compliment your son on how he looks, does he accept the comment or respond with an opposing view? When you praise your daughter for...

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Internet Life and Family Life: Finding Balance in a Quickly Advancing World

Internet Life for Teens The following scenario might be all too familiar: You’ve prepared dinner, but before anyone can eat, you have to drag your kids away from their computers. Even after you get them to the table, they break out their phones and continue surfing the Internet. You would scold them, but you really need to check your emails as well, and this is the first free second you’ve had all day. Even if you’re not very net savvy yourself, chances are, someone in your household is struggling to find a healthy balance...

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