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Advice for Parents of Low-Achieving Students

As a classroom teacher in both private and public schools in a variety of socioeconomic settings, I noticed six characteristics commonly found among students who routinely succeeded: Propensity for academics Drive toward high achievement Prior knowledge and basic study skills Opportunity to complete assignments Healthy lifestyle choices Parental involvement While parents may not be able to make a bookworm out of an athlete or an … 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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What You’re Saying When You Won’t Say the “S-Word”

Have you talked to your kids about sex? Maybe you have, but not in so many words. I’ve heard sermons about “going over the edge,” “knowing someone intimately,” and even “pleasuring one another.” Whenever the “s-word” comes up, adults tend to blush. Kids, not so much. Whether you’re ignoring the topic altogether or simply using euphemisms, you’re sending a message to your teen, and it might be one that’s far from the one you want to send. “It’s … 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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Is Modesty Worth the Fight? (Part 1)

Many parents of teens become quite fond of the phrase “choose your battles.” For a growing number of parents, the battles they choose may include fighting for sexual purity while letting blatant immodesty slide. First, we’ll take some time to evaluate common reasons for not addressing it; in Part 2, we’ll look at some even […]

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What is Huffing?

Huffing is a very dangerous trend among today’s teenagers. The process of huffing involves deliberately inhaling chemical vapors for the purpose of getting high, and, as a parent, it is extremely important that you prevent your teen from engaging in this unhealthy habit. Although perhaps not as popular as some other drugs, such as marijuana […]

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What You’re Saying When You Won’t Say the “S-Word”

Have you talked to your kids about sex? Maybe you have, but not in so many words. I’ve heard sermons about “going over the edge,” “knowing someone intimately,” and even “pleasuring one another.” Whenever the “s-word” comes up, adults tend to blush. Kids, not so much. Whether you’re ignoring the topic altogether or simply using […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Teenage Love: How to Know if You Love Someone

My sixteen-year-old cousin recently told me that she is in love with her fifteen-year-old boyfriend. My response: “Are you crazy?!” With every discussion ending with her simply declaring, “I just do,”  I eventually reached the conclusion that my teenage cousin probably didn’t love the boy she was dating; she simply liked the idea of being […]

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Is My Teen an Emotional Eater?

Teenagers are hard-wired to consume a high number of calories to support their quickly growing bodies, but even teens can overdo it when it comes to food. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to determine whether your teen is an emotional eater because it is impossible for you to know whether they are actually physically […]

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Social Networking: In Person

The importance of social networking has always been a part of high school. Recent generations have turned to the internet and sites like Facebook and MySpace to accomplish this task. One of the many problems associated with online social networking for teenagers is that of public exclusion. Thanks to these types of sites, it is […]