Beyond “Because I Said So” (Part 1)

While young children are sometimes incapable of understanding the reasoning behind parental limits or expectations, teens are capable of higher-order thinking. Perhaps more significant than their mental capacity to understand and assess risks and participate in the decision-making process is the fact that they need to be taught how to make wise choices, since they will soon be legally and practically able to make major decisions for themselves. … 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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Beyond “Because I Said So” (Part 1)

While young children are sometimes incapable of understanding the reasoning behind parental limits or expectations, teens are capable of higher-order thinking. Perhaps more significant than their mental capacity to understand and assess risks and participate in the decision-making process is the fact that they need to be taught how to make wise choices, since they […]

Where Did Tweens Come From?

Of course, 8-12 year old kids are nothing new, but their identity as a uniquely recognized demographic certainly is. For students of history, it’s not surprising that the term and concept of “adolescents” and “teenagers” is a relatively new invention, too. While adolescents in general were the invention, in some ways, of early nineteenth century […]

How Common is Teen Alcohol Abuse? Statistics on High School Drinking

Despite alcohol’s reputation as an acceptable and generally safe substance, the fact remains that it is still a drug, and a potentially dangerous one at that. There are a number of facts about alcohol of which all parents of teenaged children should be aware. On this subject the numbers don’t lie: Alcohol can be very […]

Ditch the Negativity and Bad Friends Today!

Oprah Winfrey says, Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. When you look at the people in your life, consider if they positively or negatively impact you. Throughout your teenager years, people will constantly bring you down, but do not try to compete or give into this pettiness. Follow Oprah’s […]

Putting “Selfie Obsession” in Perspective, Part 2

In a culture where teens are becoming suicidal over selfies, parenting teens can seem daunting even for the strongest parents out there. Before you throw up your hands and think there’s no way you can understand this generation, remember: God’s Word holds timeless truth that’s relevant to everyone. Our Understanding and Love for Our Teens […]

Putting “Selfie Obsession” in Perspective, Part 1

Like most technological advances, what started out at the level of “kind of neat” can easily get out of hand: “Selfie Addiction” is now an actual thing. After a British teen attempted suicide because he couldn’t get “a perfect selfie,” some are calling it a serious mental health issue. Really? Well, not exactly. More accurately, […]

Comparisons & Good Goals: Evaluating Your Hopes for Your Teen

Especially if your teen is having trouble — spiritually, academically, or even legally — you can easily fall into the trap of comparing his or her failures to other teens’ apparent successes. Be careful, though: that over-achieving athlete or valedictorian might not be the ideal alternative, after all. Not only can comparing our kids to […]

What You’re Saying When You Won’t Say the “S-Word”

Have you talked to your kids about sex? Maybe you have, but not in so many words. I’ve heard sermons about “going over the edge,” “knowing someone intimately,” and even “pleasuring one another.” Whenever the “s-word” comes up, adults tend to blush. Kids, not so much. Whether you’re ignoring the topic altogether or simply using […]