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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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Keeping Tabs on Your Teen’s Friendships

Friends mean the world to teenagers. Their social life, which they are connected to 24/7 with their mobile devices, can sometimes seem like the only thing they care about. As a parent, you need to do what you can to be connected to this friendship circle so that you can know what your teens are up to and what social influences are in their life. Below you'll find the top tips for keeping track of your teen's social life. Keep conversations open … 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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Teaching Teens a Balanced Approach to Eating

Teens are not known for their balanced eating habits. If anything, they are more known for their horrible eating habits. Pizza for breakfast, late night binges on junk food and a sad lack of vegetables all cause a great nutritional void. Poor nutrition can often contribute to negative behaviors, so this is an issue that […]

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Keeping Tabs on Your Teen’s Friendships

Friends mean the world to teenagers. Their social life, which they are connected to 24/7 with their mobile devices, can sometimes seem like the only thing they care about. As a parent, you need to do what you can to be connected to this friendship circle so that you can know what your teens are […]

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Coping with Teen Disorders: Self-Injury

For parents who have never struggled with the desire to injure themselves, this behavior increasingly common among teens can be frightening and confusing. However, telling your child simply to stop the behavior or criticizing them for doing it will probably only intensify the problem. At its root, there are beliefs and heart issues brought out […]

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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 […]

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Imperfect Parents Parenting Imperfect Teenagers

Of course, there are problems with trying to be your teenager’s friend, instead of his or her parent and authority. However, there can also be problems when we (try to) put ourselves up on too much of a pedestal, making ourselves too distant, and coming across as adversaries instead of allies. Let’s take our cue […]

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Volunteering is a Great Way to Refocus Teens

If you sense that your teen could be heading down the wrong path, hanging out with the wrong crowd, or just lacking ambition, a great way to turn them around is to convince them to volunteer. Much like the positive aspects of having a job, volunteering can change the way a teen thinks or acts. […]

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The Sexting Problem

The days of Danny Zuko singing of his summer love to his friends in Grease are long over. In today’s high schools, many teenage boys come back from summer vacation with a cell phone full of nude photographs of the girl he met on vacation. Teenage boys are not the only culprits to send and […]