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Alternative Schooling Options for Teens

Often, a parent’s role in helping teens through problems at school involves counseling them through difficult situations and encouraging through those bumps in the road. Sometimes, though, parental intervention is required. Examples of situations requiring intervention include sexual harassment, bullying, or illegitimate grading scenarios. Once in a while, even parental involvement is not enough to allay the risks of a young person’s continued … Continue

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Tips for Teens to Save Money

The value of money is hard to define. It is even harder to define as a teenager when funds from flipping burgers at the local diner are not paying for the brand new video game console. Ask yourself the following questions to help prepare and save as a teenager. What are my financial responsibilities? From car payments to birthday gifts for friends, you will have responsibilities to save for. Make note of these responsibilities and plan … Continue

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Communicating with Your Teen: Why Learning Styles Matter, Part 1

I’ll never forget the time one of my authorities (falsely) accused me of being rebellious. She had just rattled off a stream of qualifications for how I was supposed to present a request. The timing was mind-boggling, at least to me. I think I had to turn in a form the morning of the last Thursday before the second Monday of the month, unless it was an odd-numbered month, in which case — You get the idea. My mind was spinning, and I knew I … 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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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, […]

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Boys Becoming Men (and the Women in Their Lives)

If you’re a mom and find your once good-natured, cooperative son defying almost everything you say, you’re not alone. Is he a freshman or sophomore in high school? High school teachers will tell you something their middle school counterparts may not experience: Along with puberty, many young men struggle with female authorities. Of course, not […]

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A Rise in Teen Gambling Addiction

Gambling is a recent trend in teenage behavior which is raising some controversy across the country. This risky habit has been recently televised through ESPN’s World Series of Poker along with a feature on teen-based shows like Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family). Currently the rate of high school gambling problems has surpassed adults 2 to […]

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Teen Killer Parent Profiles, Part 1

“Death” and “tragedy” seem to be words that go hand-in-hand, but the most tragic situations are the ones that are apparently preventable. The recent rash of deaths at the hands of young teens certainly falls into that category, and it seems I’m not alone in seeing the tragedy as starting back in the homes of […]

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My Teen is Pregnant. Now What?

You have just finished having a most upsetting conversation with your teenager. Your daughter has told you she is pregnant or your son has admitted he is gong to be a father. Anger, confusion, disappointment and helplessness may all be a part of your feelings right now, but giving into any of them is not […]

ineffective communication

Communicating with Your Teen: Why Learning Styles Matter, Part 1

I’ll never forget the time one of my authorities (falsely) accused me of being rebellious. She had just rattled off a stream of qualifications for how I was supposed to present a request. The timing was mind-boggling, at least to me. I think I had to turn in a form the morning of the last […]

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Fitting in With Aids

People living HIV and AIDS Positive are in a constant struggle for normalcy. This added stress during the teenage years is not addressed enough. HIV and AIDS do not discriminate between wealth, gender, race or social status. Educating teenagers on the truth about AIDS is important because there are individuals who already struggle with it […]

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Fighting Boredom, Part 2

While many teens complain of boredom, most of us adults would love to be bored a little more! Even the typical 2-parent family has Mom and Dad both working and saying that they’re too busy to create activities to keep their teens busy. What they fail to see, as they buzz around the house, tripping […]