How a Mother Daughter Retreat Can Help with Any Teen Issue

Is a Mother Daughter Retreat right for you and your teen? Will it help you with those difficult teen issues? Whether you have a great relationship with your daughter or a rough one, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some teen issue on a regular basis. If so, a mother daughter retreat can help. Going on a retreat will give you and your daughter some precious alone time. Self-esteem: A Serious Teen Issue One important factor that you will be able to address at a mother daughter retreat is self-esteem. Chances are that your daughter’s is...

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Teaching Your Teen About Saying No

It can be very difficult for young people to say no. Teens have a strong desire to fit in, and saying no often means rejecting the things their peers find acceptable, such as drugs, drinking and sex. Taking a stand and going against societal expectations takes high self-esteem and plenty of strength, and if you begin working with your son or daughter now, you can help ensure that they have that strength tomorrow. Putting Everyone Else First: A Sign of Low Self-worth It’s obvious why saying no isn’t easy for most young men and women. “No” is...

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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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