Are your teens on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? If they are, there's a good chance that it's caused them stress or anxiety. For something meant to connect us with others, social media seems to have the exact opposite effect on teens. According to mental health consultant Stefanie Weiss it can even make them feel isolated and lonely . Social Media and Self-Worth With many teens accessing social media on a daily basis, it's a place they are increasingly turning ... Continue Reading
Learn to communicate with your teen through asking questions, listening, and solving the problem together.
Teenage drinking. It's a subject many parents of teens don't like to think about - or even discuss with their kids. Some parents assume that if they don't have a drinking problem, and don't have any alcohol in their home, their kids will be fine. But, according to a recent study, teenage drinking rarely has anything to do with the parent's drinking habits. So who influences whether our kids will experiment with drinking or not? Their best friends. Samuel Kuperman, from the University of Iowa, ... Continue Reading
Five out-of-the-box ways to get your teens excited to start connecting and hanging out
As kids grow up it can be more and more difficult to find unique and fun ways to connect with them. I work with teens and tweens, and even as a 26-year-old, they are often more honest with me than most of their parents. I asked them what kinds of things they would be willing to do with their families. Together, we came up with these suggestions that are a little out of the ordinary, but might actually get your kids excited to connect and hang out. 1. Weekly Rendezvous. Find a time once a week ... Continue Reading