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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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Should My Teen Get a Job?

When today's parents were teenagers, their own parents (today's grandparents) probably had very different expectations for the career paths of their children. In the 1960-70s, many young teenagers set out to work as soon as they were able, and most of their parents, with their 1940-50s values of hard work and frugal living, encouraged this wholeheartedly. Many of these former waitresses and busboys, however, have very different expectations for … Continue

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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 easier then ever to share the everyday tasks of one’s life; teenagers will post pictures from outings regardless of the … 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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What Do I Do If Someone I Know Is Suicidal?

If you are the friend or parent of a teen who you suspect could be contemplating suicide, then you are probably wondering what, if anything, you can do to help. Although every teen experiences intense or overwhelming emotions, some teens have trouble coping with those emotions. Unfortunately, some of these teens resort to drastic and […]

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The Benefits of Doing Drugs

Okay, really, if there weren’t any benefits, would anyone actually choose to do drugs? They may be short-lived and with major side effects, but the fact remains: Drugs have their benefits. Whether we’re talking about alcohol, stimulants, hallucinogens, or other mind-altering substances, those who take advantage of what they offer stand to gain at least […]

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What’s Better Than Sex?

As we mentor teens, we need to realize how counter-cultural abstinence-until-marriage is — as well as how positive it is. (In this video, Dannah Gresh of Pure Freedom explains our society’s false assumptions about the benefits of virginity and the most fulfilling sex.) At the same time, we need to help teenagers use unfulfilled longings […]

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Should My Teen Get a Job?

When today’s parents were teenagers, their own parents (today’s grandparents) probably had very different expectations for the career paths of their children. In the 1960-70s, many young teenagers set out to work as soon as they were able, and most of their parents, with their 1940-50s values of hard work and frugal living, encouraged this […]

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The Giving Life: Making Time for Others, Part 1

I can just hear Jesus shaking his head at me, using my name instead of hers: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things” (Luke 10:41). How about you? Could your name fit in there, too? Unlike her sister Mary, Martha couldn’t find time to sit at Jesus’ feet The Busy Life […]

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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 […]

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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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How to Help Someone Who Cuts Themselves

As a teenager, it’s common for emotions to feel overwhelming. Some teens handle this influx of feelings with seemingly little trouble. Others, however, have difficulty coping with the realities of growing up, and where some teens turn to drugs and alcohol for relief, others choose a different path: cutting themselves. If you are a parent […]