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The day will inevitably come when your sweet pre-teen gets to be dating age. And oh, what a day that is, let me tell you. As a parent of three young women, I always thought I would know exactly what type of person they would bring home. Let's just say if I had been a gambling sort, I would have lost it all, time, and time again.
For parents, the healthy relationship boundaries talk is a topic that can be revisited many times during the teen years. They need to understand what it means to have boundaries. Take the time with your teen to explain emotional and physical personal space, dealing with privacy, and what to do when someone crosses a boundary.
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“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as ‘teenage-ism.’”
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Parent attitude toward mental health goes a long way. If your child had a cavity, would you let it go unfilled? Skipping antibiotics for a strep infection would be unacceptable. You wouldn't let your teen learn how to drive without them buckling up first. An open wound wouldn't go untreated.
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Parenting expert Alyson Schafer lists the reasons why teens think their parents hate them.
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We forget because the good times are so good and we love being parents and the hard moments outweigh the ones that bring us joy (we hope). Anyways, it's not like we can give them back when times get a little tough, right?
Many parents dread the teen years -- all those hormones, so much attitude, the rebellion. No thanks! But parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers a different view. The teen years can be a lot of fun an...
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Writer Hanna Rosin discusses her recent article in the Atlantic, which investigates why teens sext and what parents
As a blogger of Young Adult literature and a professional book reviewer, I read a lot. There are tons of great books out there if you are looking to purchase your teen a gift of the literary sort (and of reasonable cost). The following are my top picks for 2014, based on quality and overall likeability.
It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.
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On Monday, a photo posted to Reddit proved just that kids and technology can be a curse. The caption for the image read: "My friend's mom found naked pictures on his little sisters phone... this i
Busy parents eagerly anticipate the day when their children can be trusted to stay safe on their own. It frees parents up to stay a little longer at work, head to an appointment or go for dinner. But when is a good time to start leaving your child home alone? Ultimately the decision comes down to when you think your child is ready for this responsibility.
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While the house party that was recently broken up by police in Brampton had some expensive -- and terrifying -- lessons for the families involved, they're teachable moments for the rest of us.
So, here's a checklist of what to ask your teen before they hit the party circuit this weekend or this summer.
Accept the fact that your teen could be sexually active: No matter how much we deny that our precious babies could be sexually active, the reality is what it is. No amount of wishing it away is going to change that fact. You're better off accepting reality and approaching them with love and compassion, than making their sex life about how good a parent you are -- or aren't.