As children turn in to teenagers, it is easy for them to become more sedentary as they succumb to pressures of school, social activities, keeping up with friends on their phones, and pubescent hormones. If they did play outside before (even younger children are doing so less often), they now tend to spend more time inside, in their rooms, or with friends “chilling” and “hanging out.” This type of activity doesn’t typically involve a lot of exercise whether they are at the movies, drinking sodas and eating popcorn, or standing around at the mall … [Read more...] about 5 Fitness Tips for Teens
Raising teenagers is never an easy task, especially when two of them are sons! We delve into what you need to know when raising those teenagers right here.
Many adults learn to cope with tragic news and events to a certain extent but when a child becomes exposed to something hitting the headlines like a natural disaster or a mass shooting it can sometimes have a profound effect on their young minds and create strong feelings of emotional distress. It would be a good idea to have a strategy prepared for talking to children and young adults about tragedies and how they can affect your emotions. Here is a look at how to approach the subject and talk through difficult events with children and teens. … [Read more...] about Helping Kids Cope with Hardship
For many young people, summer means, sun, sand, surf, and of course, no school. But, all that down time puts kids at risk of losing the critical amount of information and find them playing catch up well into the new school year, plus the time off is perfect for getting them ready for the future. We’ve put together a few tips that will get your teens ready for the next phase — college. Use the Time Off to Build Resumes Keep a log of all your child’s accomplishments throughout their high school experience. This includes sports and … [Read more...] about School’s Out: Top Tips for Teens Who Want to Make the Most of Summer Vacation
As an adult, you may not fully understand the pressure put on teens by social media, unless you yourself are on social media constantly. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram may look harmless from a distance. In small doses, they probably can be. When teenagers spend too much time posting and commenting, however, emotional problems may occur. That’s why it’s a great idea for teens to have easy access to a no-judgement zone where they can take a time out from the pressures of social media. The trouble with too much social … [Read more...] about No Judgement Zone: Activities to Give Your Teen a Break from Social Media
For many young adults, college is their first taste of freedom. But, as with all things, the freedom you have at college has its limits. Many college universities in the U.S. do not allow their freshmen to bring a car to campus. Wanna get out of town, see a show and explore the area? That’s too bad, unless you have the money for a bus or train ticket, you’re staying close to campus. This of course changes when you hit your sophomore year. You won’t be living in a dorm with the roommate from hell and you have a car to take you wherever you want … [Read more...] about Should You Bring Your Car to College?
It is a conversation that you don’t want to have for sure, but STDS are on the rise, so it is better to get some answers to some important questions and find out where you stand. You may want to learn more about your testing options for example, or you may simply want to know what symptoms you should be looking out for. Whatever it is you want to know, the basic facts are that STDs are a clear and present danger that needs to be talked about. Contraception and STDs A good starting point in having a conversation about STDs would be to talk … [Read more...] about STDs and You: Crucial FAQs and Their Eye-Opening Answers
Stories lamenting the unfortunate level of devotion that teens have to entertaining everyday technology, are easy to see. It isn't as common to see how technology could be healthy to a young digital native today. If you're parent to a teen, and aren't sure how technology could be good for your kid, here are several ideas. For some kids, technology offers focus Certainly, technology can distract. For some, however, the myriad ways in which the Internet offers an outlet for creative expression help focus the mind, often encouraging an early … [Read more...] about Tech for Teens: Gadgets and Apps to Simplify Your Adolescent’s Crazy-Busy Life
Christmas with Teenagers This poem was written as a mom and how my own two teenagers were making us feel this particular year during the holidays. 'Twas several weeks before Christmas and all through the house, Teenagers were wishing and starting to pout. For their gift list was long and expensive as hell, Mom and Dad worked real hard to keep cool and not yell. "Don't you remember at all, a single thing you've been taught?" "Tis the season of giving, not to add up what's been bought!" We help feed the homeless and donate to … [Read more...] about Christmas with Teenagers