Communicating with Your Teen: Why Learning Styles Matter, Part 2

In Part 1, we explored the auditory learning style, and now we’ll pick up with the kinesthetic and visual learner. Appealing to Kinesthetic Learners Have you ever accused your kid of having “ants in your pants,” or do you often find him fidgeting or doodling? You probably have a kinesthetic learner on your hands. The word “kinesthetic” refers to movement, and people with this learning style actually learn best when they’re moving. The movement … Continue

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

Are Teen Boot Camps a Good Choice?

Teen boot camp and military-style boarding schools are sometimes cited as an effective way to rectify negative behavior in teenagers and set them on the path towards becoming a responsible, independent young adult. However, although popularized by daytime talk shows, teen boot camps have a number of drawbacks that need to be addressed before you decide whether or not this is a smart option for your teen. You might have limited contact with your … Continue

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Communicating with Your Teen: Why Learning Styles Matter, Part 2

In Part 1, we explored the auditory learning style, and now we’ll pick up with the kinesthetic and visual learner. Appealing to Kinesthetic Learners Have you ever accused your kid of having “ants in your pants,” or do you often find him fidgeting or doodling? You probably have a kinesthetic learner on your hands. The […]

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