Being A Supportive Parent

How to parent your teenager so she feels supported and not controlled Is this possible? This is such a fine line, isn’t it? As parents we want to help our teens make good decisions, by not making decisions for them. If they keep making bad decisions, we have to step in and talk to them about it.  If they want to manage their own lives, they have to step up to the plate and do it. I often hear from teens that they want their parent to stop controlling them. When I ask what this means or in what ways are they feel controlled,  usually...

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Stress in Teens

“Stress in teens can do quite a bit of harm to your body and your emotional health. Work on keeping your stress levels low. One way of keeping your stress levels down is by taking care of business. Don’t let things pile up.” I was Mentoring a 14-year-old the other day and the main topic was the stress she had last year, due to her bad grades.  When we got to the root of the problem, it was because she would leave her homework to the last minute and then the anxiety was so bad at that point, that she couldn’t even complete...

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Teen Issues and Boundaries: How Parents can Help

No matter how well behaved your child might be, it’s safe to say that he or she is suffering from some typical teen issues. We can’t expect our kids to understand appropriate behavior on their own. Their brains are still developing, and they haven’t yet had enough life experiences to demonstrate the importance of healthy boundaries. It’s up to us to teach our kids how to behave appropriately by praising positive behavior and putting a stop to negative behavior. What are Some Ways that Teens Test Their Boundaries? As you probably already know,...

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Understanding Teen Depression

Understanding Teenage Depression Why is your teen pulling away? It is a question many parents ask me.  I can totally understand their concerns because there are many reasons why your teen could be pulling away, one being the normal process of separation, the rest being possible drug use, or teenage depression or just working through their own stuff. If it is drugs, usually other things are going on in their lives as well.  Signs to look for are declining interest in activities your teen use to enjoyed, declining school grades, and radical...

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Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

As parents, we do everything we can to protect our teens from the bad things in life. We teach them the importance of doing well in school and staying away from drugs. We teach about the dangers of casual or unprotected sex. We do our best to teach them to drive, manage money, eat healthfully and feel good about themselves.   Unfortunately, all that we teach often goes right out the window once they fall in love for the first time. Are Romantic Relationships Healthy for Teens? It’s been said that love blinds people. It creates...

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Miss Teen USA Sextortion: Is Your Child Being Watched on Webcam?

Parents often fear for the safety of their children when it comes to the Internet, and it seems like every day we learn of a new horror that we must try to protect them from. On top of the already existing danger presented by sexual predators, bullies and identity thieves, we now have to worry about hackers changing the settings on our computers and using our own webcams against us. This is something that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf unfortunately learned about the hard way. A Terrifying Realization Life was going great for Cassidy until she...

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