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Spring Break Activities for Teens

Spring Break Activities for Teens

Spring break isn’t just for college students. Teens in high school can enjoy a vacation from school while also being productive at the same time. Around junior year of high school, most students begin preparing for college. Spring break is the perfect time to start the process. Here are a few activities for high school [...]
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 [...]
Tips for Communication With Your Teen

Tips for Communication With Your Teen

Keep Communication Open Show an interest in your child’s activities by asking open-ended questions that limit one-word answers such as “yes,” “no,” and “fine.” Ask your child, “What did you do in gym class today?” along with comments such as “Tell me about school today” to extend conversations and find out more about his life [...]
Teens and Peer Relationships

Teens and Peer Relationships

Everyone needs to belong and feel connected with others; this need for acceptance, approval, and belonging is especially important during the teen years. Adolescents who feel isolated from family or rejected by friends are more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Peer pressure can impair good judgment and lure a teen away from positive influences [...]
Talking To Your Teen About Sex

Talking To Your Teen About Sex

As children enter their teen years and develop a strong interest in the opposite sex, they become intent on learning all they can about the facts of life. The question for parents is, who will teach them? Although we often find it difficult to discuss the subject of sex with our children, it is important [...]
Dealing with Children’s Fears

Dealing with Children’s Fears

Children’s fears are a common, natural aspect of development. They tend to change as children mature and grow. Below are some common childhood fears and what you can do to help. Infancy: Emerging fears of strangers and separation from parents Toddler: Fears of monsters, weather, dark places and big, often hairy animals School age: Isolation, [...]
Dealing Effectively With Your Moody Teen

Dealing Effectively With Your Moody Teen

Ups and downs during the teen years are typical but not always easy. One minute your teen is laughing with you and the next he is stomping off in anger. Parenting during these turbulent times can be challenging and frustrating for both you and your teen. It requires a great deal of patience and understanding [...]
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