Improving Your Social Skills

If you personally feel awkward and left out when it comes to your social skills, don't worry. Socially awkward teens (and even adults) are very common. During your teenage years, many things change that you must learn to adapt to, and social situations are one of them. Adjusting to the different ways that your peers socialize can sometimes be difficult, but it's important that you don't beat yourself up if you feel awkward around others. … 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

Fostering Academic Success at Home: Structuring Study Schedules and Spaces, Part 2

Parental relationships go a long way toward fostering academic success, but not nearly as much as when parents communicate educational expectations and prioritize academics themselves (see Part 1). Including school work in the schedule and providing study spaces for your kids can go a long way toward communicating your support and the priority you place on hard work and education, in general. At the same time, though, there is no replacement … Continue

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Teen Meth Use

Meth is short for methamphetamine, a stimulant drug, and there is only one legal type of methamphetamine, which is used to treat ADD, ADHD, and occasionally obesity. Most other types of meth are manufactured illegally in hidden meth labs and are extremely dangerous. If you suspect that your teen could be using meth, it is […]

Should Adolescents Be Put on Antidepressants? Part 1

From the outset, I need to warn you—I’m not exactly going to answer the question posed in the title. Well, maybe I’ll give a somewhat broad answer, after all, but whether your physician prescribes antidepressants for your troubled teen and you follow that recommendation will, no doubt, be influenced by several factors. My aim is […]

Improving Your Social Skills

If you personally feel awkward and left out when it comes to your social skills, don’t worry. Socially awkward teens (and even adults) are very common. During your teenage years, many things change that you must learn to adapt to, and social situations are one of them. Adjusting to the different ways that your peers […]

Controversy Surrounds “Bully” Movie

Should I let my child see “Bully”? The March 2012 movie titled “Bully” is currently awash in a sea of controversy. The movie details the lives of several American children who are faced with cruel bullying on a regular basis, and it documents the harm that bullying can cause to the delicate emotional health of […]

Teen Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs among teenagers, and, despite what some parents might believe, this is not a substance that should be taken lightly. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance, and, although its use is widely socially acceptable – and indeed, often even encouraged-, this does not mean that alcohol use is […]

What “Fifty Shades” Says and (Almost) Satisfies

Erotica, pornography, a box office sensation — among the many things that Fifty Shades can be called, it is — first and foremost — a story. Like all narratives, it communicates supposed truths — truths about reality. However, in the case of this popular narrative, the statements are glaring and dangerous falsehoods. And the very […]

Are Teens Hardwired to Be Reckless?

It’s no secret that teenagers are predisposed to risky behaviors—and not just those who’ve never dreamed of making the honor roll. However, this tendency has nothing to do with I.Q. and everything to do with their developmental stage. Reckless activities can do more than prompt parents to shake their heads: Dangerous games have claimed thousands […]

Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make With Their Teenagers

Things to avoid when parenting teens: If you parent teens, you are going to make mistakes. There is no denying that these are difficult years, and when your teen happens to be a particularly difficult one to parent, your job can be even more challenging. One way to make it a little less difficult is […]