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When Does Overachievement Become Bad?

Walk the halls of any high school, and the classic stereotypes will come alive before your eyes. The Preps, jocks, nerds, bad kids etc. Most people are able to pick them out and know behavioral patterns. Perhaps the most overlooked teens are actually the ones in the spotlight. This teen is on the honor roll, takes AP classes, plays a sport and has a hand in school organizations. They may even hold a job outside of school. This kid does not appear … Continue

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Teens And Money Management

Ideally, children will learn about money management from their parents. After all, unless a student majors in finance or economics, the finer points of money management are not covered in the classroom. Begin with a stable personal money management system and teach it to children early. Teenagers will always want something; teach them money management by making them earn their next cell phone, iPod or other electronic gadget. Selling Before … Continue

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Effectively Communicating With Your Teen

The first step to having a healthy teenager is having a healthy relationship with your teenager. You, the parent, are their compass to how things work in the world. Several tools are at your disposal such as leading by example, active listening and asking your teen to be involved in decisions that involve them. Show your teen that they are important by saying they are and allowing them to have a voice. Fostering this type of relationship will … Continue

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New Creations Boarding School Review

New Creations Boarding School (website) offers a Christian residential program for teenagers (boys & girls through age 18) and is located in Richmond, Indiana. New Creations has been serving families and investing in youth since 1969. Founded by Tim and Bonnie Cummings, New Creations originally began as a traveling youth choir and church. In 1971, a residential program for youth was begun with the Cummings opening up their home to hurting … Continue

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Comparisons & Good Goals: Evaluating Your Hopes for Your Teen

Especially if your teen is having trouble — spiritually, academically, or even legally — you can easily fall into the trap of comparing his or her failures to other teens’ apparent successes. Be careful, though: that over-achieving athlete or valedictorian might not be the ideal alternative, after all. Not only can comparing our kids to […]

The Facts About Ecstasy

A recent study says that ecstasy use in teens is on the rise, and that means it’s something parents have to be on the lookout for. Nearly 3 million teens have admitted to trying the “love drug,” and use of ecstasy has risen 71 percent since 1999. While drug use is generally down in teens, […]

New Creations Boarding School Review

New Creations Boarding School (website) offers a Christian residential program for teenagers (boys & girls through age 18) and is located in Richmond, Indiana. New Creations has been serving families and investing in youth since 1969. Founded by Tim and Bonnie Cummings, New Creations originally began as a traveling youth choir and church. In 1971, […]

Rejection: Learning to Accept the Fact That You Aren’t Perfect

Rejection can often feel overwhelming. If you don’t know how to handle rejection, the feeling can crush dreams, lead to low self-esteem, and incite feelings of weakness. Do not be discouraged, though; everyone gets rejected. From getting a rejection letter from your dream college to watching the girl you like go to prom with your […]

The Many Dangers of Teen Steroid Use

Anabolic steroids might not be as popular among teenagers as alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana, but they are certainly still a threat to teens. These steroids work by mimicking the effects of androgens (certain hormones, most notably testosterone) in the body, and many teens, especially young males, use the drugs in order to gain muscle mass, […]

Helping Teens Establish New Year’s Resolutions & Make Real-Life Plans

Whether or not you’ve generally done the whole New Year’s Resolutions deal, crafting some goals for the next year with your teen can be an excellent way to connect. But the benefits aren’t limited to the individual goals involved or the relationship-building potential. Lighting the fire of passion and establishing the habits of discipline as […]

Protections Against Abuse from Pedophiles, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Safeguarding Your Teen Against Pedophiles,” we looked at the profile of a pedophile. But knowing against whom you need to protect your teen is only one part of the process. Putting up safeguards cannot stop with knowledge: You need to communicate your concerns to your teen, provide multiple escape routes, and […]

Combating Teen Obesity

While eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia get plenty of attention, obesity among teens is a serious problem, as well. In fact, according to a 2009 study, obese teens have the same likelihood of dying by their mid-50s as heavy smokers who smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day. For overweight, but not obese, […]