Schools Out for Summer

Teens Running

School’s out for summer, school’s out forever. Alice Cooper sang these words in 1972 as I, along with the crowd in Kalamazoo, MI shouted along with him, “School’s out for summer!” This song is the musical version of a thundering herd of teenagers crashing through the school’s front door and into the sunlit summer streets with the voice of freedom ringing ...

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10 Critical Life Skills for Teens

Meditate

These 10 critical life skills for teens represent everything you are responsible for teaching your kids. Your teen needs these skills before they leave home. There is no order of importance, but some will carry more weight than others. You and your teen decide which ones are most important to work on now. Don’t hesitate. Begin these lessons to your household today ...

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Dating and Sexuality

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Yes – talking with your teen about dating and sexuality IS uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable for everyone involved, but your teen’s future ambitions and quality of life may depend upon you having some form of “The Talk” with your teen. Many parents put off these talks with their children throughout their lives. Then, suddenly, there is a teenager in the house ...

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Peer Pressure

PeerPressure

Everyone feels peer pressure. This problem is not just for teens. Everyone feels peer pressure. You feel peer pressure, I feel peer pressure. Peer pressure is built into society, all societies. If you don’t want to feel peer pressure you could become a hermit but, what would all the other hermits say? I recommend another approach to peer pressure. Peer pressure is ...

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Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

Drinking, DrugsS

Know the difference between teen drug or alcohol use and the abuse of drugs. Drug and alcohol use and abuse may be the biggest perceived problem for teens in the US today. The thought of your dear sweet child taking drugs sends shivers down your spine and it should. As a general rule, drugs and alcohol are equally bad for the ...

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5 Steps to Ending Angry Outbursts

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Angry outbursts are a problem in every household. There are families where angry outbursts are so common that it is considered normal. In these families there is no safety for anyone. There are other families where anger is never expressed. In these families the anger goes underground. Your family may fall somewhere in between. Whenever an angry outburst occurs your first impulse is to do what ...

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5 Steps to Personal Responsibility

Responsibility

You don’t have personal responsibility for your teen’s life! They do. Their life is their life and it is up to them to create a life worth living. I know this sounds crazy and you are right, it would be crazy to let your teen make all of their own decisions. Or would it? How long do you want to be making ...

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Anxiety and Depression

Young man with hands clasped together

Do you know if your teen is having problems with anxiety and depression? Teens often go for months or even years concealing their true feelings. They don’t want you to think that they cannot handle their lives. Most parents don’t know what is going on in their teen’s world, much less what is going on with their mental health. It ...

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Staying Connected with Your Teen

Connecting

Are you staying connected with your teen? It is easier than you think. Staying connected with your teen means you can’t be their friend, but you can be there. Staying connected with your teen means being consistent in your decision making, holding them accountable and leading by example. The older I get, the more I value relationships. At 63 most of ...

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Are You Talking with Your Teen about Sex?

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Are you talking with your teen about sex? You know it’s important, but where do you start? You know your teen is talking about sex with their friends and if they are fortunate to have a grownup they can talk to about sex; they are talking with them, too.  In fact, you may be the only person your teen is ...

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Beneath the Surface

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Beneath the surface of the Erickson family lurked other secrets, secrets much darker and painful than I ever imagined. Then one Monday morning in 1988. I was preparing to go to my new job. It was my first day as Treatment Coordinator for a juvenile sex offender treatment program. That morning, the darkest secret imaginable surfaced. My mother called. Anxious and frantic told me ...

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The Power of I AM

Adam and God

This page is dedicated to writings about the power of I AM. These are the two most powerful words that you can think or speak. In the Bible, these words are presented to Moses as the name of God. And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, ...

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