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Now that vacations, camps, and long school breaks are here for the summer, teens are often separated from their friends and crushes. The distance and time between them may increase the chances that our sons and daughters will be oversharing personal information and sexting. It is important to address sexting before it occurs, but far […]

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Memorial Weekend, proms, graduations, and summer approaching – all times when more youth will be behind the wheel. Sure, our teens know they shouldn’t text and drive – and we have preached forever about drinking and driving – but are they listening? Most teenagers still believe accidents won’t happen to them – they are immune […]

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I write frequently about respecting age restrictions, especially as it pertains to social media sites.  Popular sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter all clearly state you have to be 13 year-old to have an account – yet some parents have allowed their tweens to sign-up earlier. Recently I was introduced to a new site […]

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Maybe your child is a victim of a cyberbully. May 7th, 2015 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.  Whether your child is a victim of a bully or someone that inflicts emotional or physical harm to someone else, you need to take the time to look closer at this situation.  There are no winners. […]

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We have discussed this for a long time, tweens jumping on social networking sites that clearly state they must be 13 years-old to join. Parents will sometimes cave to their tweens begging (peer pressure from the tween) – or the tween will find a way around entering these sites.  In either situation, it is crucial that […]

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We have special days coming soon, Mother’s Day and shortly after that is Father’s Day. I remember being young, and of course  as a child money is never something of abundance, one of the best gifts you can give your parents (besides your time), was handmade coupons for special things like a car-wash, making dinner, […]

posted by on Addiction, Binge Drinking, Drug Treatment, Medicine Abuse, Parenting, Parenting Blogs, Parenting Teens, Prescription drug use

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With experts saying that adolescence is the period when most children encounter drugs for the first time in their lives, parents of young teenagers are rightly worried. It has also become more important than ever for parents to have open conversations with their children about the consequences of drug abuse and the importance of making […]

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Facebook is the most popular and frequently used social media platform among teens; half of teens use Instagram, and nearly as many use Snapchat When I read that on the overview of the latest PEW Study titled, Teens, Social Media & Technology 2015, I did chuckle a bit.  I have argued that our youth are […]

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Guest post by Peggy McKibbin There are many things to be thankful for but, if you’re like me, a healthy relationship with your teen tops the list. After all, you have spent many years as caregiver, counselor, coach and cuddler to your “little one.” From first steps and first words, to the first date and […]

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After the overwhelming response when I asked if parents should friend their teens on Facebook and my one of my favorite experts weighed in with their opinion (which everyone didn’t agree with), I wanted to share the other side of the coin. Dr. Alex Packer, author of How Rude! The Teenagers Guide to Good Manners and Proper […]