July 10, 2019

The acceptance letters are in and your teen is enrolled to start college in the fall! As a

parent, you may feel as though the college preparation process is finally over. Wrong! As your teen gets ready to embark on their college journey this fall, it’s time to start preparing them for what lies ahead - especially if your child is going to college away from home. Having important discussions during the summer before college begins can be instrumental for getting your teen on the right track. As you equip your child with the knowledge and tools for a successful college experience, here are three often overlooked areas of discussion to keep in mi...

June 6, 2019

When summer finally arrives, your teens are probably longing for a break from school, homework and activities. However, while all kids need time to relax and recharge, setting and achieving goals shouldn’t have an abrupt stop when summer comes around. According to Psychology Today, being goal-oriented is a critical part of how children learn to become resourceful and shape their futures. This is a good enough reason to encourage goal-setting all year, especially during the summer months when there’s more time. Not sure where to begin? Here’s how to get started:

Embrace boredom to encourage creativity. Remember when you felt bored as a child? Y...

May 10, 2019

As a parent, you may think your teen’s life is so easy – after all, they have no job, bills, or errands to run. However, though it may seem that everyday stress has no place in the life of a teenager, statistics indicate differently. According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 59 percent of teens have reported that balancing all their activities causes them stress, and 37 percent of teens said stress causes them to feel overwhelmed. These are just a couple of the staggering statistics that reveal the growing stress levels of today’s teens.   

As a parent, you can help your teen cope with stress by prov...

April 1, 2019

The start of teen dating…it’s often many parents’ worst nightmares! Once your daughter enters adolescence, there’s often nothing to stop the rollercoaster of dating that’s bound to begin. And, regardless of where you fall on the parenting spectrum (helicopter parenting versus hands-off parenting), giving your teen the right balance of oversight and privacy can be difficult to achieve at times. As you navigate the world of teen dating, here are some simple, yet effective strategies for making sure dating is a positive growth experience for your child: 

Talk about healthy relationships. Unfortunately, many parents fail to have conversations with...

March 19, 2019

Almost every parent knows there’s a fine line between helicopter parenting and lack of involvement. Finding a healthy balance between these two extremes is essential for effectively empowering your teen to develop a sense of their own identity. As you navigate your children’s teen years, it’s important to take things in stride, while providing consistent guidance and constructive feedback along the way. Here are some ways in which you can do this:    

Address media influences. Unfortunately, teens of today are exposed to many bad examples in the media that can have a negative impact on their self-esteem. It’s almost impossible to wat...

January 31, 2019

In today’s fast-paced world, it can seem like things are running a mile a minute – especially for teens who are juggling schoolwork, sports, activities and often part-time jobs. With ever-changing schedules, there’s no denying that time management is a lifelong skill that’s best developed young. Instilling time management in your teens will help them build the foundation for success in college, career and life in general. Here are three key strategies for helping your teens develop time management skills:

Involve your teen in the scheduling process. Too often parents take full control of their teens’ schedules, constantly telling them what to...

November 28, 2018

As the holidays wrap up and the gloomy days of January set in, the beginning of the new year can be downright depressing. The winter blues can strike anyone, and teens are no exception. If your teens begin to show signs of sadness, loneliness or loss of interest in their daily activities, they may be suffering from a form of seasonal depression. You can fight the winter blues in your teens with these tips: 

Encourage hobbies and social activities. Lack of things to do is often a culprit of sadness and isolation in teens. It’s important to help your teen discover new hobbies and ways in which they can socialize with others who share their inter...

November 8, 2018

Doesn’t it feel like it was just the beginning of the school year? It’s hard to believe the holidays are now upon us, and with this busy time comes two weeks off from school for most teenagers in America. While your teens should certainly use the holiday break to relax and rejuvenate, the holiday season is also a time for teens to work on themselves – personally, emotionally and academically. Providing some structure for your teens to use their time wisely during the holidays will help them learn more about themselves and better prepare for their futures.

Here are just a few of the ways in which your teens can have a more productive and meanin...

October 10, 2018

As your children enter their teenage years, you may start to notice them constantly focusing on what they want – rather than acknowledging what they already have. With so much comparison being driven by social media on a superficial level, it’s not surprising that the mentality of constantly “wanting more” can often lead teenage girls down a path of negativity and dissatisfaction with life in general. As we approach the Thanksgiving season, this is the perfect time of year to start instilling a spirit of thanks and gratitude in your household.

Here are some of the reasons why it’s so important to foster gratitude in young girls:

Greater happine...

September 1, 2018

Suddenly the summer is over and September hits. If you’re like many parents, your to-do list probably seems endless. The back-to-school season can certainly bring about feelings of angst for families, as homework, tests and extracurricular activities get back into full gear. As your family makes the transition from summer to fall, here are some tips for managing back-to-school stress and getting your teens on track for a successful year ahead: 

Establish a routine – and stick to it. Many parents have the best of intentions when it comes to getting their teens into a routine; however, many fail to tick with it. Having a consistent bed ti...

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