Lost in Space? Social Media and Technology Addiction is a Huge Teen Issue!

This is an article I wrote in the last Imagine Magazine by The Sedona International City of Peace. Please parents read it. It is critical for your teens happiness. Here is the digital link if you want to check out the entire magazine. It’s amazing. IMAGINE MAGAZINE In my 20-plus years of mentoring teens and parents, I have never seen a greater disconnection between teens and their natural environment than I do now. When I was young, I got up in the morning, walked to my friend’s house or called her on a phone that was attached to a...

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Tackling Teen Issues: The Pressure for Sex

Tackling Teen Issues: The Pressure for Sex With hookup culture becoming a prevalent teen issue, many parents are wondering if anything can be done. Teens have always had sex, and it’s always scared their parents, but never in history has casual sex been so celebrated. Then again, it’s not always the casual encounters that are the most dangerous. It’s the casual encounters that are dressed up as something more. The Dangers of Rushing Sex: Regret and Embarrassment A study of more than 1400 undergraduate students found that both men and women...

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Mentoring Programs for Teen Girls: Could Your Daughter Use a Mentor?

Mentoring programs for teen girls have proven to be extremely beneficial!  You might think that mentorships are only for troubled teens who don’t have parents, but that isn’t the case. There are many powerful stories about teens who experienced life-changing benefits from having a mentor. Ask yourself these questions to see if a mentor might be a good idea for your teen. 1. Did You Tell Your Mom Everything? Think back on your teen years. Were you keeping secrets from your mom? In most cases, the answer is probably yes. Even if you and your...

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How Adults Can Help Raise Self-Esteem in Teens

How Adults Can Help Raise Self-Esteem in Teens Low self-esteem is a common teen issue. As parents, we desperately hope to find a way to preserve the innocence our kids had during youth while also helping them become thriving adults. We watch them go through the trials of adolescence, and we see the way negative experiences with bullying and heartbreak chip away at their self-esteem. What’s a struggling parent to do? Building Self-esteem in Teens: A Parent’s Role 1. Think About Your Words You’re probably used to your teens ignoring the sound...

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Teen Issues with Casual Sex

Is there a teen issue with casual sex? Of all possible teen issues, sex is high on the list of concerns that keep a parents up at night. While attitudes about sex have always grown more liberal over time, we didn’t always have the internet. Thanks to hookup apps like Tinder, most teens can find a sex partner in a matter of minutes. Teen Issues with Sex and Love A 2014 study from the Journal of Sex Research found that casual sex had negative effects on psychological wellness. It’s easier to label sex as meaningless than it is to admit that...

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Cultivating Kindness: Are You Teaching Your Teens Compassion?

Are you teaching your teens compassion? Lack of empathy is a common teen issue. If you’ve ever looked at your teens and wondered if you’re raising a group of sociopaths, you’re not alone. Teens are capable of compassion, but they’re also more likely to follow peer pressure and make impulsive decisions due to the state of their developing brains. If you want to help your teen become a better person, you’ll have to work on cultivating kindness. 1. Provide a Bigger Picture Most children are only aware of their own social and familial circles,...

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