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Spring Break: Safety for Teens

Spring Break: Safety for Teens

For teens, spring break gets a major renovation around senior year of high school. This transformation takes place primarily because by age 17, most teens have their driver’s license and are ready to hit the road. In preparation for spring break, teens often collaborate and plan overnight trips to nearby destinations. Although it is common [...]
Lying

Lying

Parents are often surprised by the dishonesty of their children. School-age children lie for many reasons. Understanding why children lie can be most helpful in dealing with dishonesty. Reasons Children Might Lie: To impress and gain the respect of peers. (“My dad is a millionaire.”) To please parents. Children want to make their parents happy. (“Yes, I [...]
After-School Studying Tips

After-School Studying Tips

Studying is the key to being successful in school. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your children’s study sessions after-school. Re-write Your Notes Everyday After-School:  Re-writing your notes after-school is a perfect way to “lock-in” what you have learned for the day while at school. Also, it will allow you your […]

Coping With Cliques and Aggression

Coping With Cliques and Aggression

Ask any adolescent girl and she can easily point out and explain what a clique is, who is part of the “in” crowd, and who is not. In today’s world, peer groups have more influence than ever before, and technology makes it easier for children to be anonymous and more widespread in their malicious behaviors. […]

When Your Child Says, “I Don’t Care!”

When Your Child Says, “I Don’t Care!”

At some point most parents have heard their child use the phrase, “I don’t care.” It may be in reference to school performance or a reaction to a behavior consequence. Children use these words to make excuses and also to push parents away. It allows them to feel a sense of power and control, and [...]
Teaching Respect

Teaching Respect

Everyone wants and needs respect... even our children. Oftentimes parents complain that their child just doesn’t show respect. The reason may be that we are trying to teach it instead of being a living example. Research proves that children learn 95% by watching the behaviors of others and only 5% of what is actually taught [...]
Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

You may have heard the term “teachable moment” used. Parent educators and teachers often instruct parents to take advantage of “teachable moments”. But what exactly is a “teachable moment”, and how can you make the most of it? A “teachable moment” can happen almost anywhere and at any time. They are generally not planned learning [...]
Setting Rules and Boundaries

Setting Rules and Boundaries

There are many changes which come along with the onset of the teen years. But there is one part of child rearing that remains constant. Children, no matter what their age, need loving, consistent discipline. However, it is no secret that parenting a teen brings unique challenges. Not only is she bigger, more verbal, and [...]
Raising Tolerant Children

Raising Tolerant Children

Our children’s world is increasingly becoming more diverse. As a result, they must learn to deal effectively with others who are culturally different. As parents it is our job to help them learn to navigate through these challenges so they will have a well balanced, enriched and healthy life. Following is a list of tips [...]
Raising a Moral Child

Raising a Moral Child

Today’s children face difficult challenges and pressures long before their brains have developed the capacity to make wise choices. Therefore, it is essential that parents take seriously the need to start young and continue teaching their children moral values and principles as they mature. If we don’t, the media, their peers and other negative influences [...]
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