Tips to Get Your Teen to Stop Lying to You

About Teen Lying Most teens, no matter how goodhearted, will go through a stage where they test the limits and lie to their parents. Usually, these lies involve their whereabouts–little things like pretending to stay the night at a girlfriend’s house and then going out to a party instead. Many teens are also inclined to bend the truth instead of flat-out lying, as it makes it easier to push the boundaries without feeling guilty. Why Do Teens Lie? Aside from the natural rebellion that occurs with most teenagers, there are also...

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Tattoos and Body Piercings: Should Teens be Allowed?

Tattoos and Piercings on Teen Body Image In this day and age, body modifications are becoming much more commonplace. Once thought of as a death wish for future employment, piercings and tattoos are now starting to show up in some of the most professional industries. However, when it comes to allowing teenagers to get these modifications, many parents are still having trouble making the leap. It’s natural that at some point, most kids will be interested in getting a piercing or tattoo. For many teens, it represents freedom,...

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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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Talking to Your Teens: How to Counter The Messages Sent by an Oversexualized Celebrity Culture

Celebrity Influence on Teens It’s a shame that teenagers don’t idolize the doctors, scientists and teachers of the world as much as they do the pop celebrities. When I saw Beyonce’s latest video, “Partition,” I felt like I was watching pornography, and I wish I could say I was shocked. It’s clear that sex sells, and most celebrities have no problem selling out. They could use their fame as a platform to promote a much more empowering message, but as independent adults, what they do is their own choice....

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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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