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  • Testing the Waters
    Tweens love to try new things, including dangerous, addictive drugs. Would you be able to tell if your kids were sampling drugs-and how would you respond if they were? Learn more from Jerry Weichman, Ph.D.

  • Hope for Other Mothers: Step-parenting Teens
    Nearly 30% of children in the United States live in blended families. If you are an Other Mother of teenagers, your job as a parent can feel exhausting and hopeless. Here are four important principles that will go a long way towards making your task as an Other Mother less painful and more effective.

  • Introducing Your Child To Social Networking: Ten Must-Know Tips For Parents By Mary Kay Hoal
    When it comes to your children, these tips will help to make sure your child has a safe, age-appropriate and engaging social networking experience.

  • Should I Discourage My Kids From Joining a Social Network?
    The future of social media and our young children's participation in it is something parents should look forward to, not dread. That being said, it's easy to wonder exactly what we have to look forward to when there seems to be so much for parents to worry about. Learn more from Mary Kay Hoal.

  • The Crucial Skill Teens Need to Succeed in High School
    Empowering our teens with the knowledge that they ultimately control how they feel about what happens in their lives is truly one of the most important lessons they can learn. It will help them thrive regardless of any circumstances they encounter from the beginning of High School all the way through their lives.

  • Six Tips to Get Your Teen Talking
    Have a teenager? How do you get her talking? While one-word answers might be fine on some days, it is important to get to know what is going on with your teenager so you can keep her safe and guide her through tough situations. Here are six tips to help you along.

  • Online High School: Top 5 Benefits That Drive College Success
    Getting into a respected university has always demanded hard work and self-discipline in addition to a stellar high school record with the advanced coursework admissions officers seek. However in today's competitive world, many students are achieving all the above from a very non-traditional place . . . their own living room.

  • Three Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Succeed
    The New Year often brings a resurgence of emotional gusto that drives change. Use this energy to instill a sense of responsibility in your middle schooler. Author Joe Bruzzese shows us how.

  • Building Teen Character: Part-Time Employment
    There are a number of ways that parents can help teenagers build their character. One way is through part-time employment. Having a job provides many learning opportunities for teens. Learn more from author Rachel Paxton.

  • Getting Ahead of the Holidays: 4 Steps to a Stress-Free Holiday Season
    Without warning the holiday season can wreak havoc on the most sane middle school families. Get ahead of the holiday rush by creating a clear vision for how you want to be. Author Joe Bruzzese, MA shows us how.

  • Five Tips to Curb Your Child's Cheating Ways
    As technology has evolved to provide a vast wealth of information at anytime, anywhere, cheating has never been easier. From classmates receiving completed homework via a mass Email to answers popping up on I-Phones during a test, cheating has become as simple as text messaging. Here are five ways to prevent your teenagers from falling to such temptation, assuring that they are attending school to learn rather than to learn how to cheat.

  • Creating the Perfect Study Area for Teens
    If your teenager is like most, studying and homework can be nightly issues. One way to lessen the stress of homework is to create a study area that is equipped with all the things that your student will need. These tips below will help you create a nook perfect for homework completion and will lessen the nightly anxiety of tackling the work that needs to be done.

  • Five Tips for Helping your Child During the Transition to Middle School
    Are you feeling caught between the excitement that comes from finishing the elementary school years and the anxiety of starting middle school next? Here are a few ways to recognize your child's effort and achievements while simultaneously propelling you both into an incredible summer and a motivating start to middle school.

  • You're the Parent: Take Charge, Clarify Your Role
    With political correctness, the line between adult and child has blurred: everyone is "equal," and no one should be offended. But political correctness doesn't work in the parent-child relationship. Kids want us to raise them and be role models. Learn more from Mary Simmons.

  • It IS My Kid's Fault!
    We live in an enabling age. Many parents make it easy for kids to side-step their responsibilities, but, surprisingly, that is not what kids want. Kids want to be good which means taking responsibility for their failures and negative actions. Learn more from Mary Simmons.

  • Ten Secrets Teens Want You To Know!
    Raising a teen doesn't have to be a frustrating experience. Here are ten secrets teens want you to know that they may not even realize. However, according to Marriage and Family Therapist Ron Huxley, once your teen(s) know that you know about them, it will improve your relationship.

  • 5 Tips for Improving Communication With Your Teenager
    Parents are always looking for ways to open up the communication with their teenagers. Here are five ideas that are all within your control. Some may represent an attitude shift, some are tactics you can apply; all have the potential to dramatically improve the communication between you and your teen.

  • Unilateral Disarmament - The First Step to Improving Communications with Your Teenagers
    Many times, we are so conditioned in how we speak that we do not realize whether or not we are effectively communicating with our teens. This is especially true when they upset us. Learn how to improvement your communication with your teen(s) from V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed.

  • Teenagers And Tattoos - A Parent's Dilemma
    If you are a parent facing the teenagers and tattoos dilemma, there are a few strategies you can employ in trying to guide you child to a realistic understanding of what getting a a tattoo can mean. You may not win the debate, but at least your child will not be returning in a decade or two asking, "How COULD you let me do that?"

  • Of Course I'm Listening! . . . What Did You Say?
    Tweens and teens constantly say their parents "don't listen." Obviously you can't always drop everything to listen to your child. But let's be honest: not many of us do open-heart surgery or negotiate international crises at home. So when our kids want to talk, we need to do more than pretend to listen!

  • Stuff You Don't Need to Worry About
    Author Annie Fox, M.Ed. takes a long back at her children's teen years and makes a list of the biggest things she worried about just to prove to herself what a futile endeavor all that worrying turned out to be.

  • Instead of School Supplies, Give 'Life Supplies' - Back To School Tips on Friendships & Dating Parents Should Offer Kids
    Teenage sexuality is always a provocative topic, but the truth is many kids wind up in trouble not because of sex, but because they've simply chosen the wrong friends. Find out how to help your kids choose wisely.

  • Prescription for Teen Dating Do's and Don'ts: Parents Should Talk Openly, Set Limits
    More than ever, teens will need their parents to provide guidance and boundaries when they are ready to start dating. Marilyn Maxwell, MD offers ten tips tips for parents.

  • Blah Blah Blog: The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Teens
    As a preteen or teenager going through life's normal growth stages, blogging can be very helpful indeed - fostering a social network (even if it is virtual), or providing an outlet for everyday frustrations. But as with any internet enterprise, blogs do raise some parental concerns. So let's address some basic blogging pros and cons with Erik Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Direction and Discipline; Be a Parent, Not a Pushover
    You'll likely forge a better long-term relationship with your teen if you come up with strict rules and enforce them, than if you don't. Over the long haul, the teen will know you really care and will respect you for investing time and effort in the rule-setting process, especially if you are calm, consistent, and give positive feedback.

  • Bullying Our Kids in Our Homes: Welcome to Cyber-Bullying
    Handling the topic of cyber-bullying with your child before it becomes a problem will make it easier when and if it becomes a problem. Your child needs your guidance and ignoring this issue does not help or support anyone who is a victim of cyber-bullying. Learn more from expert Derek Randel.

  • How Teenagers and their Divorced Parents can Speak Up about the Difficulties of Living in a Split-Family
    Here are some other strategies for both teenagers and parents for keeping the communications lines open in split-family situations by DK Simoneau

  • Parenting Your Teenager -- What You Need to Know in Advance
    In order to learn more effective parenting techniques by the time you'll need them, begin preparing for the teen years before your child starts having double-digit birthdays. With good guidance, parents can help their teenagers develop strong self-images that will help them avoid the problems that plague modern teenagers. Learn more from Barbara McRae.

  • Celebrate Safely
    Carol Copeland Thomas founded Student Safety Month in June to assist young adults in making safe choices while celebrating proms, graduations, and parties where alcohol, drugs, and questionable behavior may present itself. Learn how to keep your kids safe during this special time.

  • Goblet of Fire Life Lessons
    Some of the best qualities of J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter bestseller series are the life lessons contained within the magical adventures of our favorite trio--Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Of the first four books, "Goblet of Fire" in particular is rich in helping teens (and adults) navigate friendship, emotional pain, and love. This book--and the movie adaptation--teaches us some wonderful and meaningful lessons.

  • Giving Advice To Teens? Alternative Ways To Get Your Point Across
    Giving advice to a teenager is very easy; getting a teenager to take that advice is another matter altogether. So how do you go about giving advice to a teen?

  • Monitoring Teens for Drug Use Without Appearing to be Spying
    A parent's goal should be to prevent your teenager from feeling free to experiment with drugs or alcohol. The best way to accomplish this is to keep abreast of their activities and friends using these ten methods.

  • What to Do When Your Teen Chooses Bad Friends
    The number one issue that worries parents about their teens is bad friends. The number one cause of teens getting into trouble is bad friends. What can you do about it? Anthony Kane, MD, shares his advice.

  • Organizing Your Teen Daughter for School
    Girls' fashions can be rather frightening to her parents these days. How can you do your school shopping with her and keep your sanity? Rachel Paxton shows us how. [Click Here]

  • Coaching Your Teenagers on the Quest for Good Grades
    Grades are important but sometimes the quest for good grades can become an obsession. It is vital that your teenager realize that you don't judge by grades alone and that you value motivation to improve. Author V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed shares his expertise for coaching your teen.

  • Confessions of A WAHM of Teens
    According to Patti Chadwick, it is essential that a mom be available for her kids - ESPECIALLY when they are teens. But it can be challenge for work at home moms to make time for her independent teens. Patti Chadwick shares her insights as a WAHM of teens.

  • Teaching Teens the Value of Money
    It isn't easy raising teens in today's materialistic society. The older they get, the more expensive the things they want or think they need. If they don't learn how to manage their money at a young age, they won't be able to make it in the real world. Rachel Paxton shares her tips for teaching teens the value of money.

  • You Only Fail by Quitting
    You aren't a failure unless you give up, but a boy who has failed his driver's license test twice may think it's easier to give up. What's the lesson in this and how do we keep encouraging our teens? Patti Chadwick shares her wisdom with us.

  • Raising Teens on a Tight Budget
    Let's face it--the things required these days to raise a child are expensive. Things can cost a lot of money--school fees, fashionable clothes, sports activities to name just some as a scratch on the surface. The way to control some or all of these costs is to train and teach your son/daughter to see things from your point of view and help them understand. Nigel Lane explains how.

  • Middle School Blues by Colleen Langenfeld
    The middle school years are tough on adolescents, and by extension, can also be rough on the whole family. Here are some tips to get everyone through the turbulence.

  • 100 Ways to Connect With Your Teens by Debra Hapenny Ciavola
    100 simple yet very practical tips to help parents and teens.

  • Successful Summer Tips for Your Teen by Colleen Langenfeld
    Looking for something productive for your teens to do this summer? Consider these ideas!

  • Raising a Self-Sufficient Teen by Rachel Paxton
    Teens don't learn responsibility overnight. If you haven't been working with your teen on gradually giving them a sense of independence and ownership of their lives, then you're going to have your work cut out for you. Don't wait until it's too late.

  • Ten Tips for Parenting Teens by Ken Edelston
    Here are a handful of helpful ideas about being a parent of a teenager. It's not as daunting as you may think!

  • Mom, Am I Fat?" Conversations That Could Save Your Child's Life
    Eating disorder prevention starts with a parent's willingness to listen and to establish an effective parent/child connection through probing, sensitive and caring communications. Learn more from author Abigail H. Natenshon MA, LCSW.

  • Beyond The Blues: Kids and Depression
    Over 11 million prescriptions were written last year for kids with depression. That did not include those who didn't even see a doctor. All kids get sad or upset about things now and then. These temporary disappointments are not necessarily depression. How can you tell if your child is having a problem with depression? Learn more from Dr. Maryann Rosenthal.

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