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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Teen Mental Health: When Should You See a Doctor?

Parents have always had to deal with teen rebellion, but it hasn’t been until recent decades that there has been an official diagnosis for every type of behavior. Depression and anxiety are real disorders that should be taken seriously, but many doctors are unfortunately quick to make a diagnosis and prescribe drugs versus looking deeper to see whether the problem is chemical, hormonal or related to a particular emotional issue. Often times, medications can cause additional side effects that are worse than the original problem. Oppositional...

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Teenage Problems: Parents Partying with Their Kids

Decades ago, getting caught having a huge blowout while the parents are out of town was high on the list of common teenage problems. Teens drinking and using drugs in secret has always been a concern, but what’s even more disturbing is the increasing number of parents who now seem to have no problem allowing their kids to party in their presence. Why are Parents Partying with Their Kids? There are generally two reasons that parents allow their children to party, or worse, supply them with drugs and alcohol. Do you fall into one of these...

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Tips for Discussing Texting While Driving with Your Teens

One of the teen issues that is most concerning for parents is distracted driving. Letting go enough to allow kids to get behind the wheel has always been a challenge for parents, but in the modern age, it’s more terrifying than ever. Thanks to the distraction of smart phones, more of our kids are getting hurt or hurting someone else on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that up to 71 percent of teens have admitted to texting while driving, and an even scarier 86 percent confess they have read text...

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Our Beautiful Mothers

My mother passed away when I was 26 years old.  It was the most difficult time in my life. I remember thinking, what am I going to do without her, and who will have my back. Even though she was immersed in her own wounding, and had a hard time showing up for me, I knew she was always there.  It is an empty space in me without her in my life and feel it most when I am with friends and their mothers, on Mother’s Day or on the day of her birth and death. I have read many books that say no matter what age you lose your mother, it is a loss...

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Advice for Teens: Passing the Permit Test

If you’re a teen who is about to take the permit test, you probably have a lot of anxiety over failing. No one wants to go through that sort of disappointment, and the only way to protect yourself against it is to seek advice for teens on passing the test. Why do Teens Fail the Permit Test? Almost half of teens who take the test fail on their first try. There are both simple and complex reasons for this. The simple reason is that the test is very challenging! Driving is a big responsibility, and the test needs to be challenging in order to...

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