How Brain Cells Change During the Teenage Years
The adolescent brain is growing and creating new pathways for thoughts. The brain is changing throughout adolescence, with some brain cells being eliminated and other pathways maturing. Stress and diet can play a role in the development of the brain. This article spells out the process.
How to Connect With Your Rebellious Teenager
As our kids turn into teens, it can feel as if the childhood connections we formed with them all but disappeared overnight. And, understandably, many parents grieve that loss. But adolescence isn’t the end of an old relationship — it’s the beginning of a new one.
120+ Conversation Starters for Teens
When it comes to chitchat, teenagers often have a lot to say. Usually, all that's needed is something to spark the conversation. This list provides 120+ conversation starters that are sure to inspire great discussions with the teen in your life! Plus 8 tips to get teens to open up.
3 Factors That Affect Eating Disorders in Adolescence
An examination of eating disorders during adolescence and their potential causes, including the effects of peers, media, and family.
What You Should Already Know About the World of Teens
I'm not cool by any means, and I wasn't when I was a teenager, but I know these kids. Here's what you need to know about teens.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teenage Dating (Ten Helpful Tips)
Don't know what to do about your teenager that wants to date? Here are ten tips to help navigate the teenage tempest of romantic relationships.
7 Reasons Why Your Teenager Doesn’t Want to Get A Driver’s License
Why don't some teenagers want to drive yet? How can you help your teen get their license? Do all teens today need a driver's license at all? Is it okay if your teen doesn't want to get a license?
How to Enjoy Parenting a Teen: 7 Tips That Make It Easy and Fun
Self-absorption, negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are traits of teens that can frustrate moms and dads. Parents, though, need to appreciate that their children's brains are still developing and this behavior is normal.
"Anchor Thoughts" and How Teens Can Benefit From Them
Just as the ship anchor keeps the vessel from drifting into the open seas, so anchor thoughts keep the individual from wandering into unapproved behaviors. Find sample anchor thoughts for teens here.
That's so Awkward! Seven Fun Ways to Embarrass Your Teenager
Since your teenager is embarrassed by you anyway, you can have some fun with it. Hike up those Mom jeans, embrace your parental awkwardness, and embarrass your kids. Instructions included!
What Not to Talk About With Teenagers: Things Teens Don't Need to Know
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
5 Relationship Building Exercises for Teens and Parents
Building a strong and healthy relationship with your teens can impact their future interpersonal relationships as they continue to develop and grow.
How to Let Go and Let Your Child Grow Up
A parent lets go of her child at several stages of development, allowing the child to grow up and eventually become independent. This can be more difficult for the parent than it is for the child, but here are some ways to make it easier for everyone.
How to Use Veronica Roth's "Divergent" to Talk to Your Teen About Life Values
Use the Divergent young adult fiction series to start an ongoing dialog with your teen on values and priorities in life. The books convey powerful messages on belonging and the importance of forging your own identity.
Tips for Attending a Sleepover While on Your Period
For some girls, they may worry about attending a sleepover when it is "that time of the month." Here are some tips that will help you focus on the fun and less on your cycle.
How to Talk Your Parents Into Allowing a Later Bedtime
I am a mom. And I know what would convince me to say yes to a later bedtime. So I have insider information on how to convince your parents to let you have a later bedtime.
What Signs to Look for to Know If Your Child Is Taking Drugs
Know if someone is using drugs by learning the typical behaviors and reactions to using drugs.
Why You Should Be Talking to Your Children and Teens About Porn
Have you talked with your teens about porn? Explicit adult imagery can all too easily be viewed by children/teens. Therefore a parental “porn talk”, as well as a “sex talk”, is necessary to help negate its harmful effects. Having "the talk" can be a game-changer!
What to Write in a Card to a Child Going to College or University
Here are 20+ examples of what to write in a card to your son or daughter when you send them off to college. Some of these messages are heartfelt while others are humorous.
Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem Tips for Teens
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
Drug Abuse in Teens: Statistics, Risks, and How to Recognize Signs of Use
This article discusses drug abuse in teens, addiction, drug abuse statistics, rehabs, and other drug abuse facts. The information is based on research and on personal experiences and interviews with teenagers. Written by a retired high school teacher.
The Pros and Cons of Taking Away Your Kid's Cell Phone
If you are thinking of taking your kid's cell phone away as discipline, or think you may do so in the future, read this first for some advice from a parent who did just that. Believe it or not, your kid may not be the only one relying on his cell phone!
How to Help a Teen With Asperger's Make and Keep Friends
Teens with Asperger’s have a very difficult time having a reciprocal conversation or interaction with people. Here are ways you can help them make friends on their terms.
What to Do When Your Kid Tells You: Mom and Dad, I'm a Witch
Advice for parents and kids on Wicca and witchcraft, and what parents should do if their child says they want to be a witch.
Effects of Facebook on Teenagers: Positive and Negative
The overuse of social media, including Facebook, can have a definite impact on teenagers, and parents should be aware of the potential negative effects on kids.
3 Ways Kids Outsmart Their Parents When Their Phones Are Taken Away
When parents punish their children by taking away their cell phones, kids find ways to outsmart them. Find out the clever ways that they use to keep talking to their friends without their phones.
How to Teach a Teen to Do Their Own Laundry (and Why It's Important)
Do your teens know how to do their own laundry? How do you teach a teen to learn the art of clean clothes? I have practical teaching tips to help your teen move towards independence.
10 Common Problems and Issues Teenagers Face Today
Teens today have it hard. Parenting teenagers is not easy, but understanding the issues they struggle with can help everyone involved. You can't help solve a problem until you know what it is. Here, I highlight the most common problems faced by teenagers today.