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Does Grounding Teens As Punishment Really Work?

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07 15th, 2013

Due to recent advances in the field of psychology, many people are beginning to reexamine how they discipline their children. Traditionally, parents were known to physically punish their children by spanking them; however, the modern take on child punishment has leaned towards the act of grounding a child behaving inappropriately. When a child becomes grounded, a parent will simply retract his or her support from the child and remove things the child enjoys. Grounding often comes in the form Read the rest of this entry »

Teens And Sex: What Parents Need To Know

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05 21st, 2013

When it comes down to it, talking about sex with your teenager can be an odd situation. However, it’s important to remember that your child may not be as open as you’d hope even when you don’t feel awkward or embarrassed to talk about a subject that is seen as taboo by some. Regardless of how it makes the child feel, you’ll be able to connect and get your point across as long as you are sincere and your teen understands that you’re being honest and Read the rest of this entry »

Teens And Smoking: What Parents Need To Know

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03 30th, 2013

Parents and teens often have different views about many things, but one thing you want to do is make certain your teen understands just how bad smoking is for their health. Teen smoking is an all too common problem and most parents would never guess that their teen is a smoker.

As the parent of a teen, the most important thing you should know is that you are the example they look up to and will handle situations by considering how you would handle it. You may think their role models are their peers, but the truth is that they Read the rest of this entry »

Turbulent Times With Your Teen

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10 31st, 2012

As a parent of a teenager, you have a lot on your plate already aside from reviewing the latest and keeping up with your car and house payments. You may actually be getting to that time all parents fear when your child begins to mature. While a child maturing should never necessarily be a bad thing, it does come with its fair share of challenges. There’s really nothing that you can do about it and, as time goes on, it is quite natural for the majority of your encounters with your teenager to end in aggravation and frustration – it’ all part of growing up. The problem lies in the perception many parents have of their child during these years – they simply don’t want their child to grow up. Unfortunately, as teenagers struggle and strive to define themselves and seek both self-actualization and independence, both parents and teenagers always seem to be at odds with one another. Some say it is worse with boys than girls. Be that as it may, that’s not what we’re here to discuss. What we are here to discuss is the importance of your continued guidance. Your teen might say all kinds of things in both anger and frustration, but no matter what they might tell you, they still need you. They still need your guidance and they still need your help understanding what is happening to them. And, as a parent, it’s your duty to impart your wisdom, but ultimately you must take the biggest step of all and let your teenager make their own decisions.

How To Talk To Your Son About Sex

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11 19th, 2011

As your son grows, he is going to become more and more aware of other individuals around them and grow interested in sex. It is important to sit him down and talk to him about sex, and even though the initial thought might be slightly uncomfortable, once you broach the subject and start a direct communication with your son, it is going to become easier and you may even create a closer bond between you and your son.

When you sit your son down, make sure there isn’t anything distracting going on. This means turn off any music and televisions in the area. Most likely, your son is going to be a little standoffish when the conversation first starts. Never point fingers or come to any conclusions about your son. You want to talk to him like a friend, not like someone that is going to judge him on every decision he makes. Ask him about what he knows and get him to open up a bit. You don’t need to get graphic to talk to him about sex. If you have a specific belief, tell him about your belief, but don’t push it down his throat, as this is more likely to make him turn away and do exactly the opposite.

Teens and Drinking: What Parents Need To Know

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11 16th, 2011

Growing up, many teens face the sole problem of peer pressure where drugs and alcohol are usually involved in such instances. It is all negative behavior that is associated in peer pressure, but parents should understand a few things when it comes to teens and drinking.

Some parents, not all, allow teen drinking in their house. Parents should be aware of lenient families that allow for this behavior and limit the number of time spent in such houses. Many parents are oblivious to this and allows for their teenager to go where every they please, as long as there is an adult around. This is no longer the case and therefore, parents should be more involved in their teenager’s activities.

In addition to knowing the families that your teens hang with, the most important thing is to know your teen. Not all teens are weak and cannot fight peer pressure. There are teens that will stand up for themselves and stay away from drugs and alcohol. It is important to understand what type your teen is and talk to to them by moral support or lecturing them of the harms of alcohol. The best thing from a parent to a teen is to know that the parent understands them and knows they have their head on right. This will reduce the number of negative behaviors.

Setting Limits: How To Define House Rules

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11 15th, 2011

As children grow into adolescence, it is imperative to have a set of house rules in place. In order for the governing house rules to be effective, there are a few things to keep in mind when implementing them.

When setting house rules, it is best to keep it simple. Decide what is most important to ensure the safety, well-being and character development of your child. Then, set rules that support those values. Start with 1 or 2 basic rules and add more over time.

Whether it is a curfew or rules regarding social media usage, the rules need to be clearly communicated to your teenager. Sit them down and explain to them what is expected of them and resulting consequences if the rules are not followed.

The best way to ensure that the house rules are followed is to be consistent in administering consequences when they are broken. From removing privileges to additional chores around the house, consistent consequences for undesirable behavior will help them remember the rules.

House rules do not have to be heavy handed or unloving. In fact, it is quite the contrary. By keeping it simple and explaining clearly, the rules you set in place will help to grow, nurture and protect your child.

Curfews: How Early Is Too Early

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11 11th, 2011

It’s Friday night and your son or daughter are getting ready to go to a party or it’s Wednesday and the football team has a game that he or she would like to go and watch. Now the question of curfew comes in. What time should they be home and is it too early?

Many parents have a set time for their children to be home. On a school night, the curfew for my household is 10:00 p.m. and for the weekends it is 12:00 a.m. But this may not be the case for all of the children in my household. If my oldest child is consistently late for curfew and doesn’t abide by the rules, but my youngest is always early and following the rules, we may change the curfew for one or the other based on their behavior.

So, the question of “How early is too early”, I don’t believe that any curfew that is set is too early. Curfews are set based on each child and what is best for them. You, the parent, knows what is best for your child, how much homework and other tasks need to be done, and how late they are able to stay out.

How To Talk To Your Daughter About Sex

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11 10th, 2011

When talking about sex with your daughter, every parent needs to realize how important this conversation is, and that there may not be another golden opportunity for such a discussion. Be open and honest, answer all questions posed, and even ask your own questions. Every parent needs to tackle this sex discussion with open arms and an open mind.

The first step is to think about what you want to discuss with your daughter. Will you bring up every aspect of sex? Should you do all the talking, or just ask them what they want to know? Depending on the relationship you have with your daughter, you may be able to sit down and have a long discussion about sex. It can be hard for a teenager to see the importance of such a conversation, so it is up to you to decide what you will be able to discuss.

After you plan your move, work out when the best time would be for this discussion. Try not to interrupt any social gathering that your daughter might be having, or any get-together that she may have soon enough. When you have figured out that ideal time to sit and chat, get comfortable and ask your daughter if you can have a heart-to-heart.

As with all important conversations that you may have with your daughter or other children, make sure you listen and respond accordingly. It is safe to assume that every teenager has questions about sex, and you will be the one with the answers. Always offer to take her to a doctor if she has more questions that she feels she can’t ask you. Don’t be distraught; this is still a good response!

Again, be open in your heart and mind, and this will be a smooth conversation for the both of you.