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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Fight Teenage Issues by Building Quality Self-esteem

Do you ever find yourself looking at a celebrity and thinking that you wish you looked that good? Does Reese Witherspoon’s perfect skin or Angelina Jolie’s ultra-slim figure leave you feeling bad about your flaws? If so, imagine how your teenage daughter might feel when comparing herself to the many perfect-looking images found on social media today. Negative body image is one of the most challenging teenage issues. There are few people who escape the negative consequences of the unrealistic body image being perpetuated by the mainstream...

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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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The Balance Between Providing Emotional Support and Providing Guidance

Emotional Support and Guidance to Teens When raising a teen, it can be difficult to find the balance between emotional support and guidance. As much as we might want to support everything our kids do, there are times when we must step in. Many parents want to be best friends with their teens and have a hard time providing this sort of guidance. Others have a tendency to go too far in the other direction, constantly nagging and scolding their kids without ever providing a listening ear. The path to good parenting lies somewhere in the middle....

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