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How to Set Limits with Your Teen

Set Limits with Your Teen

Do you need to set limits with your teen? Do shivers run down your spine every time you think about it? Do you quietly wish and pray that you never have to set limits; that somehow your teen will suddenly start following the rules? Most parents agree,  it’s a real challenge to set limits with your teenager day in and day out, but …

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Schools Out for Summer

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

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

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

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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5 Steps to Ending Angry Outbursts

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

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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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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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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