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Staying Connected with Your Teen

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?

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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Hassle Free Homework in 5 Easy Steps

Homework has been a front-line battleground in families since I was in elementary school. And this was when we needed to rub two sticks together to get the horse and buggy started. Homework was no fun then and it is no fun now. Today’s students have 2-4 hours of homework every night!!! This is not an exaggeration. If they were adults …

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“But we love each other.” Teenagers in Love – It’s the Real Thing!

“Mom, we’re teenagers in love! Why can’t we be together?” What do you say when your teen proclaims their heartfelt love for another? Most parents and adults dismiss adolescent love as trivial, transient and not worth taking seriously. This attitude about the love your son or daughter feels is a serious mistake. These feelings are anything but trivial to your teen. Let’s look at what’s …

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School Problems

The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development estimates that about one quarter of the adolescent population is at risk of academic failure and other problem behaviors. Another quarter is considered “moderately” at risk (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1989). The most serious of the problems associated with school failure is the almost inevitable unemployment or underemployment that follows. At some point …

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