3 MAGICAL WAYS to EFFECTIVELY MANAGE YOUR TEEN'S SCHOOL PROBLEMS

3 MAGICAL WAYS to EFFECTIVELY MANAGE YOUR TEEN'S SCHOOL PROBLEMS

How many times have we heard or used the cliché, “what are you going to do, work at McDonalds?”  Parents try to instill the love for education in their teens to give them a better future. For many families this is a smooth sailing process with only the occasional difficulty.  For others, it is a source of constant stress and worry. Regardless of whether it is occasional or more frequent, her are three tips to addressing any school issue.

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5 AMAZING SIGNS YOU'RE DOING IT RIGHT with YOUR TEEN

5 AMAZING SIGNS YOU'RE DOING IT RIGHT with YOUR TEEN

With everything there is in this world to make you question whether or not you are being a good parent it can be hard to think of yourself as competent.  We live in a world of parent shaming and social media has added to this ultra-competitive nature of parenting by giving everyone with an opinion the ability to question the decions you are making.  This article will turn that approach around.  Here are 5 signs that you are doing an amazing job with your teen.

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3WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEEN TOWARDS SUCCESS

3WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEEN TOWARDS SUCCESS

Motivation is based on what we attach value to.  The old way of trying to ensure teens follow through was to slam them with a consequence.  Well the new generation of teens are smarter and don’t care about consequences most of the time.  Sure they may initially throw a fit and yell and scream but generally they fall into apathy quickly and parents feel hopeless that their approach failed.  So here are the 3 ways to ensure your teen is motivated without nagging, arguing or using consequences.

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5 CRITICAL STRATEGIES TO MANAGING BLENDED FAMILIES

5 CRITICAL STRATEGIES TO MANAGING BLENDED FAMILIES

In today's society of frequent divorce and remarriage the term blended family has become a norm.  While "The Brady Bunch" highlighted the reality of this arrangement back in the 60's, it is more often than not a more painful transition and ongoing experience for both the children and the parents.  Thankfully, by incorporating these 5 critical strategies, you can have the best plan to eliminate many of the challenges that might otherwise derail your new family dynamic.

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3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR TEEN COPE WITH DIVORCE

3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR TEEN COPE WITH DIVORCE

With the divorce rate in America passing 50 percent, and with the stress of children cited as one of the leading reasons for divorce, it is important to know the best way to support your teen through this painful and inherently sad process.  Here are 3 ways to help your teens cope with divorce.

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HOW TO MOVE FROM DEFIANCE TO COMPLIANCE IN YOUR TEEN

HOW TO MOVE FROM DEFIANCE TO COMPLIANCE IN YOUR TEEN

Being a teenager means to suffer from the disease of defiance.  For some, it is merely refusing to do the dishes or taking out the trash.  For others, it is refusing to do their homework or chronically cutting school.  Some teens go as far as threating violence against their parents, cursing at them, throwing objects or punching holes in the wall.

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HOW TO STOP YOUR TEEN BEFORE THE FIRST DRUG EXPERIENCE

HOW TO STOP YOUR TEEN BEFORE THE FIRST DRUG EXPERIENCE

As parents we are tasked to protect our children from mistakes that can have repercussions that last their lifetime.  We understand that most poor choices can offer excellent learning opportunities but there are some pitfalls that keep us up at night with thoughts of dread.  In my experience, there is no greater point of worry than the thought that your teenage son or daughter is experimenting with drugs.

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3 MAJOR COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES ON HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN

3 MAJOR COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES ON HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN

As any parent of a teen will tell you, they are not very forthcoming with information.  Ask any teenager how their day went, and many times you will hear “fine,” “good,” or simply “ok” as a response.  This can be frustrating when all a parent really wants is a close relationship with their teen to have a better understanding of their decision making process and to have peace of mind that they or actually, “fine.”

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5 TEEN WARNING SIGNS OF SERIOUS DEPRESSION

5 TEEN WARNING SIGNS OF SERIOUS DEPRESSION

Depression is the most serious mental health issue facing our teens today.  This year 2.8 million American teens will experience depression.  Of those 2.8 million, 30 percent will also develop a substance use disorder, and a depressed teen is 12 times more likely to commit suicide.  

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PROTECTING YOUR TEEN FROM DIGITAL ADDICTIONS

PROTECTING YOUR TEEN FROM DIGITAL ADDICTIONS

It is no secret that we live in the digital age.  Since the introduction of the internet over 2 decades ago, to the creation of the smartphone a decade later, we have been moving at lighting speed to find ways in which we can incorporate technology into all facets of our lives. 

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5 MAJOR TIPS TO SURVIVE THE PROM

5 MAJOR TIPS TO SURVIVE THE PROM

Prom night is the end of childhood for your teen, the beginning of adulthood, and the true test of responsibility and behaving. Teens spend almost the entire year planning, shopping, and talking about prom night; they see the few hours as one of the most important night of their college career. However parents see the night as emotional and riddled with fear.

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HOW TO AVOID ARGUING: TEACHING TEENS R-E-S-P-E-C-T

HOW TO AVOID ARGUING: TEACHING TEENS R-E-S-P-E-C-T

As your child grows up, it is likely you will disagree on various things. It will start out as simple arguments, such as putting their coat on or putting toys away. As they reach adolescence, these arguments will grow to more serious topics, and if you aren’t careful, they will grow to more seriously sized arguments with worse repercussions.

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HOW TO RESPOND TO YOUR TEENS MUSIC: ART OF SELF-EXPRESSION

HOW TO RESPOND TO YOUR TEENS MUSIC: ART OF SELF-EXPRESSION

Music can take many forms, but at its root in every form it relays various emotions. Sounds and lyrics portray and talk about love, heartbreak, friendship, tragedy, happiness, sadness, and loneliness. It is the one form of art that is relatable no matter your age, gender, or race, or what you are going through. You can find music to fit your mood, attitude and want for self-expression.

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PRAISE AS A CONSTRUCTIVE TOOL: ENDING THE NEGATIVE COMMUNICATION CYCLE

PRAISE AS A CONSTRUCTIVE TOOL: ENDING THE NEGATIVE COMMUNICATION CYCLE

As a parent, life is full of balancing on many fine lines of too little and too much. Communication can undoubtedly go into that category of “hard to balance.” Communication is a prime tool in raising children, it affects their reaction, their interaction with others, and their expectation as they grow. Thus, it is important to keep communication positive, and less negative, no matter what the situation you may be facing.

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STRAIGHT TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT DATING & SEX

STRAIGHT TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT DATING & SEX

The topic that most parents dread as their child nears the teenage years: dating and sexuality. But if you are dreading it, think about how your teen feels? You were their age once. Except now things are probably a little different; there are millions of resources at their fingertips thanks to the internet. The sooner that you can talk to them about dating and sex before they learn what they need to know from the media, friends, and their own personal research, the better.

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