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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Your Child Has Been Expelled From School: What Now?

School Expulsion on Teens If your child has just been expelled, you are right to feel devastated. An expulsion can be hugely damaging to your child’s future as well as his or her self-esteem. However, depending on the reason for the expulsion, you might have an even bigger problem on your hands. It’s important to stay calm and take things one step at a time. 1. Determine Exactly What Happened Your first step is to figure out what happened. Talk to your child and talk to the school. The more information you can gather, the better....

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Healthy, Happy Finances: Four Key Tips to Raising a Financially Responsible Teen

Teen Spending Habits In general, teenagers don’t understand money. They understand the desire for material possessions all too well, and they understand the concept that it takes money to acquire those possessions, but without a lifetime of work under their belt, they can’t truly know how valuable money actually is. Unless you teach them while they are still young, they will face a rude awakening when they finally reach adulthood. 1. Set a Good Example If you have difficulty being responsible with money, it will be hard to teach...

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Four Disturbing Teen Trends that Parents Should Watch Out For!

Teen Trends Today You know your kids have to do well in school and maintain a clean track record if they want to get into college and move forward toward a bright future. You also know that there are many factors that could possibly stand in their way. It’s bad enough worrying about sex and drug use, but now, a number of disturbing new trends are rising in the teenage world, and some of them almost seem too weird to be real. 1. I-Dosing I-dosing is the art of using certain sound waves to alter consciousness. I-dose dealers sell mp3...

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