How to Prevent Teen Suicide

It’s important to know the signs of teen suicide! It’s estimated that for every teen suicide you hear about, there’s an average of 25 attempts that were not successful. Up to 12 teens a day sadly do succeed in ending their lives. These statistics are terrifying to parents, many of whom have no idea how to talk to their kids in general, let alone discuss something as serious as suicide. Parents can, however, learn how to keep a watchful eye on their kids and educate themselves on the signs of suicide. Watching for the Quiet Danger...

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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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Teenage Issues With Drugs: Major Warning Signs

When it comes to teenage issues, drug abuse is one of the biggest concerns for parents. Drug abuse and addiction are very real problems for a number of teens, and unless you know what you’re looking for, you could easy shrug off the warning signs. 1. Major Changes in Appetite If you’ve noticed a big change in the way your teen eats, something could be going on. Most parents are familiar with marijuana-induced munchies, but certain drugs, such as the amphetamines, can also cause a startling decrease in appetite. Binging, skipping meals or...

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How a Mother Daughter Retreat Can Help with Any Teen Issue

Is a Mother Daughter Retreat right for you and your teen? Will it help you with those difficult teen issues? Whether you have a great relationship with your daughter or a rough one, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some teen issue on a regular basis. If so, a mother daughter retreat can help. Going on a retreat will give you and your daughter some precious alone time. Self-esteem: A Serious Teen Issue One important factor that you will be able to address at a mother daughter retreat is self-esteem. Chances are that your daughter’s is...

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Teaching Your Teen About Saying No

It can be very difficult for young people to say no. Teens have a strong desire to fit in, and saying no often means rejecting the things their peers find acceptable, such as drugs, drinking and sex. Taking a stand and going against societal expectations takes high self-esteem and plenty of strength, and if you begin working with your son or daughter now, you can help ensure that they have that strength tomorrow. Putting Everyone Else First: A Sign of Low Self-worth It’s obvious why saying no isn’t easy for most young men and women. “No” is...

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Dealing with Chronically Late Teens: How to Teach Punctuality

Procrastination is a common trait among teens, and it’s your job of a parent to help correct this behavior. If it seems like your teen is constantly late for school, work or appointments, then it might be a sign that he or she is lacking personal responsibility. 1. Start Using an Alarm Clock It’s a good idea to have kids start using an alarm clock from an early age versus being woken up by their parents. Once your kids grow up, go away to college or enter the workforce, they won’t have Mommy or Daddy around to ensure they get up in the...

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