Here are 20+ examples of what to write in a card to your son or daughter when you send them off to college. Some are heartfelt while others are humorous.
A parent lets go of her child during stages of child 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.
Great tips for getting along with teenagers: Be casual, but not too casual, get to know their music and friends, and enjoy the ride!
Teen years are often difficult for the teen and the parent. Here are 10 tips for parents to help teens reach their potential and to help parents guide them as they grow.
Kids with Asperger’s have a very difficult time having a reciprocal conversation or interaction with people, which makes in very hard to make friends.
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.
What should you do if your child starts becoming interested in alternative subcultures? Has something gone wrong? Are you a bad parent?
Although a lot of media attention is given to marijuana or other illicit drug use, alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for many teens despite the long-term dangers.
Advice and tips for parents and kids on Wicca and witchcraft, and what parents should do if their child says they want to be a witch.
Instead of connecting people, the Internet sometimes magnifies personal problems, inequalities, and conflict among youth, causing mood disorders and harmful behavior such as suicide and violence.
Prepare for summer with your teen by brainstorming ideas for work. A traditional job may not be available for your 13-year-old, but there are lots of other opportunities to earn some cash and gain great experience.
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.
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.
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
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.
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.
Self-absorption, bitching and moaning, extreme negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are characteristics of teens that drive us parents nutty. But, if we appreciate that their brains are still developing and their behavior is normal, we can relax, stop worrying, and enjoy their teen years.
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.
Many parents report back talk as a behavior of concern. Learn what really constitutes back talk and how to encourage your child to express themselves in a respectful, healthy way.
Your child has just come out to you. Now what? These days, more and more parents are being faced with homosexuality in their children as it becomes more accepted by society. Tips on how to respond.
Car insurance for teen drivers cost more since accidents by teenage drivers are the number one cause of death among teens. Tips to help decide if your teenager is ready to drive are given.
Using a constructive way to deal with conflict resolution will not only serve to bond your family together but will also instill valuable life skills in your child.
According to a good number of studies, parental divorce has been found to affect individuals throughout their lives regardless of their ages.
When it comes to chitchats, teenagers have a lot to say most of the time. It’s all just a matter of sparking a conversation with them. On that account, this list provides 120+ conversation starters for teens that are ready for use!
As a parent and teacher I have learned some valuable lessons, and one is that driving does not require a smartphone.
New research shows that the brain is still developing in teenagers. The implications of this are discussed, along with some tips for good communication during the teenage years.
Since your teenager is embarrassed of you anyway, at least you can have some fun with it. Hike up those Mom jeans, embrace your parental awkwardness, and embarrass your kids. Instructions included!
Teenagers are at one of the most difficult times in their lives, and unfortunately, parents have to deal with the worst of it, but there are things you can do to minimize the damage to your long-term relationship.
First of all, I hope you never, ever have to. Second of all, know that you are not alone. If my experiences -- yes, plural -- can be of any help to you, I offer them here. The reality is that with today's super strong weed (pot, marijuana),...
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
No, smartphones haven’t “destroyed a generation.” But to address the negative effects of social media on adolescent development, we need to listen to and respect teenagers—not condescend to them.
Teen curfew laws are in place for a reason. Many teens and advocates are challenging local ordinances as to their constitutionality.
I am a mom. And, I know what would convince me to say yes to a later bed time. So I have insider information on how to convince your parents to let you have a later bedtime.
Volunteering helps teens become more involved in their community, explore their interests and gain valuable new skills. This article looks at volunteer opportunities for teens, along with the benefits and challenges.
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.
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 devolopment of the brain. This article spells out the process.
Even if you think your son has chosen the wrong person, the way you approach his choice can have lasting effects on your relationship with him, especially if he decides to marry her. Here's how to support your son's love while keeping his best interest at heart and staying true to yourself.
We are being called an enabled society and a nanny state. Parents must help kids be good citizens. Parenting is a difficult job; do you have the skills to do it?
Need some insight into why you just can't get your teenage daughter to clean her room? I can offer some explanation as to why teenage girls have such messy rooms.
Are you feeling lonely? Here are some reasons why along with some resources and inspirational quotes.
Some parents dread, “the talk.” However, talking to your daughter about puberty can be reframed from drudgery to a rite of passage. Learn how to talk with your daughter with confidence and reverence.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
What parents need to know about teenage drug and alcohol abuse: How to recognize if their child is using, and what to do about it.
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.
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!
A humorous look at the life of a single mom and teen. A boot camp meets wine adventure. From Driver's Ed to cute puppies and fuzzy kittens.
List of potential sources of conflict between teens and parents. These are situations and disagreements that may lead to arguments and fighting, but do not have to damage relationships.
Confidence can be a very hard skill to master. After tons of research and experience of my own, I can give you some amazing tips and tricks that have been tested and proven to work for anyone!
Introducing your boyfriend to your parents is a nerve wracking experience. If things didn't go well, how do you influence your parents to like your boyfriend?
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.
Teen depression is a serious problem that can be effectively managed when detected and treated. Know how to recognize characteristics of teen depression, where to get help, and what you can do at home to best help your teen.
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.
Why don't some teenagers want to drive yet? How can you help your teen get their license? Do all teens today need a drivers license at all?