Parenting Teens

When Your Kid Is In Love With Someone You Don't Like

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Parents
Shantelle Bisson

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.

Understanding Healthy Boundaries Is Important For Adolescent Relationships

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

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.

Mom Writes Cheeky Note To Explain Teen's Tardiness

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Parents

“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as ‘teenage-ism.’”

It's Not Only OK To Talk About Suicide With Teens, It's Important

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

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.

Reasons Teens Google: 'Why Do My Parents Hate Me?'

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer lists the reasons why teens think their parents hate them.

Rainbow Glitter Helped Me Forget What It's Like to Have A Teen

Mara Shapiro | Posted 11.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Mara Shapiro

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?

Dispelling The Biggest Myths About Parenting Teens

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents

Many parents dread the teen years -- all those hormones, so much attitude, the rebellion. No thanks! But parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers a diff...

Why Teens Sext And What You Can Do About It

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Parents

Writer Hanna Rosin discusses her recent article in the Atlantic, which investigates why teens sext and what parents should do about it....

Great Book Gift Ideas for Your Teenager

Christine Stock | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

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.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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.

How One Mom Reacts To Finding Nude Photos On Daughter's Phone | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living

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 ...

Home Alone: When Is It Safe to Leave Your Child?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

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.

Ask These Questions Before Your Teen Goes to Party

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

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.

How To Have the Dreaded Sex Talk With a Teenager

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

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.

When Friendships Flourish -- and Fail

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately. My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by ...

Dispatches From Down East: When Your Son Calls You a Redneck...

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Who would have ever thought that our own precious baby boy would stoop to stereotyping his doting parents, pigeon-holing us into the category of 'duds'? And so soon, at the ripe old age of 11. He now has added another label to our name. Hill-billy.

Would You Leave Your Teen Home Alone?

Christie Russell | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Living
Christie Russell

When my husband and I recently escaped from our four month long home renovations, our teenagers, our two Labrador retrievers and the cold and wet Vancouver weather, we left our 19-year-old son home alone for two weeks. Yes, we had multiple discussions -- he and I, he and his dad and the three of us. Again and again we said: NO PARTIES, remember to take out the garbage, don't spend too much money, look after your sister if she comes home on the weekend, BE GOOD. But still I was nervous...

Turn Teen Problems Into Teen Success: Follow Your Bliss

Ken Rabow | Posted 04.02.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

It often seems that being a teen is about hearing all things you cannot do, should not do or would not do. This can feel entirely frustrating, but wha...

Top 10 Signs Your Teen Is Becoming "That" Teen

Ken Rabow | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

One thing most of these people have in common is that they are challenged by some unnamed fears that hinder their success. These people have decided that by choosing to fail and sabotaging the various kinds of help given to them, they can "win." We can all feel Martin Sheen's pain about this kind of "winning."

New Year's Resolutions for Parents and Troubled Teens

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

I love new year's resolutions. There is something powerful about scratching out one old period of time and making room for what's ahead. Pick one. Say it to yourself in the mirror when you wake up and just before going to bed and try to act on your resolution at least one time during the day.

On the 12th Day of Christmas My Troubled Teen Gave to Me...

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.23.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

What can parents do in the December holidays to stop the trends that their teens and young adults seem to wallow in and offer these children a chance to turn their lives around in the new year?

Help! My Teenager Won't Get Up Before 3 p.m.!

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

A teenage client of mine calls it "the cereal effect." The less he would do during the summer, the more soggy his brain became. The more he engaged in stimulating summer activities, the more "crisp" his brain was when he hit the school season.

Crazy Or Not: Letting Your Teen Daughter's Boyfriend Sleep Over

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 11.12.2011 | Canada Living

There was quite the kerfuffle in the gossip blogs when Angelina Jolie revealed to Garth Pierce at The Sun that her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, let An...