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 … [Read more...] about National Teen Driver Safety Week
Few things send shivers down your spine as a parent like the prospect of your offspring navigating the rocky waters of love, romance, and sex. They don't seem ready, and they never will seem ready. Will your innocent little lamb be corrupted by a deviant? Will your sensitive butterfly have their heart broken by a callous sociopath? Have they learned enough sexual safety in school? One surprise … [Read more...] about Help! My Teenager is Dating!
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 … [Read more...] about 5 Fitness Tips for Teens
Many parents are keen to encourage their teens to explore new experiences as part of their transition towards becoming an independent adult and packing them off on an overseas gap year trip is a popular option. If you are thinking of helping your teen to experience a gap year adventure there are a number of financial factors as well as safety issues that you want to get right before you wave them … [Read more...] about Funding Your Teens Gap Year
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. … [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 … [Read more...] about Christmas with Teenagers
There's something I need to talk with you about tonight dear readers - something I've been meaning to write about since the beginning of October. You see, October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Statistically speaking, 1 in 3 students say that they have been bullied at school. I was one of those students. My children have been those students, and sadly, my sons have been the bully … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Tried to be the Perfect Mother?
Teenagers have a lot to deal with: expectations of parents, school work and social lives, both real and virtual. These pressures can affect both their body and mind and cause mood swings that parents may worry about. Parents can have a difficult time navigating their growing teen’s emotions, and a natural -- and common -- question is whether these emotions are affected by hormones or, perhaps, … [Read more...] about Moody Teens – Hormones Running Wild or Is It Depression?
Teenagers’ rooms can get incredibly messy. To prevent allergens like dust, pollen, and even mold from building up in your teen's room, force your teen to clean thoroughly at least once per week. This process should include dusting, vacuuming, changing sheets, and doing laundry. Take a closer look at the following five steps to remove allergies from your teen’s room. Pick Up Dirty Clothes and Do … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to Remove Allergies From Your Teenager’s Room
When your teen heads off to college for the first time, it's a really big deal. They are going out to find their own way in the world. They are also walking in to a world of student loans and bad housing and terrible cheap food. It might be nice to mark the occasion with a gift that can be both sentimental - saying how much you'll miss them and how proud you are - and useful - to help them get … [Read more...] about Birthday Gift Ideas for College-Going Teens
Getting behind the wheel of a car is a major milestone for teens and one that comes with enormous responsibility. You may have heard of Ethan Couch and his absolutely shocking lack of responsibility. Don’t deprive your kids the chance at learning responsibility early. These eight tips will help you teach your kids to be responsible children with automobiles - both as drivers and as vehicle … [Read more...] about Tips for Teaching Children Responsibility with Automobiles
Earlier this year, Facebook changed the minimum age requirement for joining Facebook to 13 years old. However, approximately 5 million users are under 10, according to Consumer Reports' 2011 State of the Net Survey, showing us that social media is an inextricable part of preadolescents' lives from a very early age. As teens are gearing up to send off applications to the most coveted schools, … [Read more...] about How Social Media is Ruining Teens’ Chances for College