Teen Mentoring Resources for Low-income Families

You’ve heard a lot of advice over the years when it comes to teenage problems. The word “therapy” has likely been thrown around quite a bit. Unfortunately, therapy isn’t affordable for everyone. If you’re a low-income parent dealing with an out-of-control teen or one that simply needs a little help, you’re going to need to find cost-effective solutions. 1. Check Your Resources There’s a good chance that your local community offers free or low-cost counseling services to citizens in your area. If you can’t afford regular therapy, you...

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Who Comes First in your Marriage, Husband, Kids or Yourself?

I often talk to parents who have put their relationship with each other on the back burner to care for their kids. I wonder if this is doing more damage than good. It’s tough enough to raise kids that aren’t “me-centric” without making them the top priority in our life. I see this often when I am mentoring families. The parent’s lives revolve around the kids 100%. When I ask if they ever do any adult activities alone or with friends, they usually say they do not. It isn’t a healthy set up in a primary relationship to not have alone time with...

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Encouraging Empathy: Three Tips to Help Teens

For generations, teens have been cultivating a reputation for attitude problems and selfishness. While there are always exceptions to any rule, most teens will suffer through some difficulties at some point in their development. They may even come across as cold and uncaring. Those who are parenting teens can help conquer this problem by promoting empathy. What is Empathy? Empathy is a state of relating to the feelings or motivations of another living being. Without it, the world would be chaotic. While it might seem that society is lacking...

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Accepting the Unacceptable: When Our Kids Have Kids

There are plenty of articles about how to ensure your child doesn’t become one of the many teen parents currently struggling to get by. You’ve most likely already talked to your teen about abstinence and discussed safe sex. Yet despite doing everything right, your teen has just found out that he or she is going to have a baby. What do you do? The Upsetting News: How to Handle It It’s natural to feel angry or even completely devastated when you receive the news. The first step is taking a few minutes, hours or even days to breathe and...

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Great Summer Jobs For Teens

I post this blog each summer to help teens who may be looking for a job. Share this with your teen. Summer is here and the teens are out their actively looking for jobs that suit them. Or are they?  Some are while others are thinking about relaxing for the summer and just having fun. As a parent you’re saying “have fun on who’s money”?  Maybe there is a happy medium. A part time job is a good balance because teens can still have fun, and have the money to have fun. When I look at the typical job for teens today like fast food...

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How Your Kids Behave: Three Important Life Skills that Parents Must Teach

Important Life Skills for Teens A recent study showed that a number of parents are taking classes to gain a better knowledge of math. Since math can be such a challenging skill, this is necessary for many parents to help their kids with their homework. Most people took math in school, and while it’s important, many of us don’t end up using it much in our everyday lives. On the other hand, many everyday life skills are not being taught. It’s our job as parents to fill in the gaps. 1. How to Manage Money Something many people are clearly...

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