Most teens are itching to break free from parental control. They’re desperate to flex their independence and prove that they’re capable yet they’re still too young to really know what they’re doing. Being a good parent means guiding them to a safe harbor. You have to help them understand the world. Here are seven conversations you need to have with your teenager. Photo by Stanley Morales from Pexels 1. College College is an admirable goal, but it’s not right for … [Read more...] about 7 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Teen
Teens are from Mars
Teenagers are from Mars. Seriously. It's the only way to describe the age range from 13 to 18, when hormones are turning our loving, smiling, happy kids into sullen, distant beings from another planet.
You will survive the teenage years with a steady supply of wine and prozac. They will survive too, and we've got all the advice in the world to help you muddle through the daily changes - and a few funny stories of our own about navigating the terrible teens!
The idea of going to school and finding a job for life was once the standard advice most of us would follow, however today, with the gig economy, zero hour contracts and portfolio careers, helping your teenager find their career path can be a lot more challenging. On the one hand you might want to encourage them to be more entrepreneurial in their approach and look into self employment, or even setting up their own high growth business, or a number of side hustles that generate passive income … [Read more...] about Help Your Teenager Find Their Career Path
Your teenager stomps through the house after school and locks their bedroom room for the evening once again. You wish you knew what was running through their mind as they waltzed around the house in their usual moody fashion. When your kids were growing up you always wanted them to be happy and you prioritised staying healthy. Recently, you think the mental health of your teenager has taking a turn for the worse, as they don’t seem to be engaging in conversation with you anymore. Instead of … [Read more...] about How to Show Kindness and Compassion for Moody Teens
Wouldn’t it be an ideal world if parenting just went smoothly 24/7? In reality, we all know that’s not the case. Because life is never as perfect as you think you want it to be. And really, would you want to be? Okay, so your kids aren’t perfect, but they’re yours, and you wouldn’t want them any other way. But at the same time, you also want to make sure that they don’t go too far the other way, especially during their teenage years. And it happens. Some kids just end up going down a dangerous … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Teen On Track: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. As the mom of two teenage boys - I am scared to death to allow them to drive. I know I'll have to - eventually - but not before we can drill into their heads these safe driving practices even when we aren't in the car with them. 6 in 10 teen crashes are caused by distracted driving. Fortunately, crashes are preventable and there are strategies and new technology that can be helpful to improve the safety … [Read more...] about National Teen Driver Safety Week
Education has greatly evolved over the past few years, and teachers are moving to easier and practical forms of teaching. Advancements in the IT sector have revolutionized the way people communicate with each other and almost all other aspects of modern life. The education sector is no exception. Earlier kids used to rush to school carrying a load of books, and spend summer vacations on the playing field with friends. In this era, kids are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They have … [Read more...] about 4 Ways You Can Use Technology to Teach Kids
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 … [Read more...] about 5 Fitness Tips for Teens
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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...] about No Judgement Zone: Activities to Give Your Teen a Break from Social Media
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 … [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 … [Read more...] about Tech for Teens: Gadgets and Apps to Simplify Your Adolescent’s Crazy-Busy Life