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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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Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

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

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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Anxiety and Depression

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

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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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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