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Teens and Praise

by Sam P. June 8th, 2020| Communication, Teens
As a teen, we often feel that our achievements are overshadowed by our mistakes, that all we ever hear are critiques, never praise for our success.  Praise is an important part of the growth process for teens to gain self confidence in themselves and what they do.  Without it they
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Entertaining Fitness for Teens

by Jane Wangersky May 4th, 2020| Entertainment, Teens
Teens’ -- and adults’ -- first thoughts on fitness and entertainment may be that the two are mutually exclusive. Unless, maybe, you listen to music while running . . . no, wait, that’s not safe. But there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself entertained while getting
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Teen’s Perspective on Family Dinners

by Sam P. March 30th, 2020| Seasonal, Teens
I have always considered family dinners a sort of magical thing.  It gives the appearance of being the perfect family and has this wonderful feeling when you're there.  Something about crowding around the table and asking for people to "pass the mashed potatoes" or "toss me a roll" has this
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3 Social Influences for Teen Health

by Jane Wangersky February 24th, 2020| Social, Teens
Getting a teen to live a healthy lifestyle is one more of those things that take a village. It takes more than just parents, anyway -- though your example is a strong influence, your teen is likely too intent on becoming an independent person to let that show. (That’s why
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Teen’s Perspective on Schedules

by Sam P. January 20th, 2020| Seasonal, Teens
Schedules are everything.  They are so important in my life and many of my friends' lives, simply because they keep us organized.  My friends and I all keep fairly busy schedules, so having a way to lay out our day and what we need to achieve makes it much easier
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Teen’s Perspective: Making it Through the Holidays

by Sam P. December 16th, 2019| Seasonal, Teens
For as much as I love Christmas, I understand it can be very stressful.  All those family visits are fun and loveable at first, but can get a tad annoying very quickly.  Having gone through it for the past seventeen years, I have learned a few tricks on making
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Do We Need A New Approach to Teen Bullying?

by Jane Wangersky November 11th, 2019| Behavior, Teens
There's a backlash going on.

My son, having his first block of the day free, managed not to have to go to the school assembly on cyberbullying. But he came home repeating the negative comments of students who had been there: It was all about “the problem, but no solutions”
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Talking to Your Teen at Dinner

by Jane Wangersky October 7th, 2019| Communication, Teens
Getting teens to talk is hard, getting a contemporary family together for a sit-down dinner is hard, so why attempt to do both at the same time? Because a few simple (not easy) things you can do will help make it a time for the family to reconnect with
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Teen’s Perspective on Back to School Behavior

by Sam P. September 2nd, 2019| School, Teens
School is here, but no one wants to go.  It seems to be this way every year.  Of course, I am eager to go back; I start my senior year, but I am also dreading it.  The thought of being a senior is exhilarating, but also terrifying.  I feel
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Teens and Picnics: A Match Made in Heaven

by Sam P. July 29th, 2019| Seasonal, Teens
To start this off I will confess that I just have a genuine love for picnics, but that aside they truly are just a fun thing to do.  They are so easy to prep for and can lead to some great memories.  Whether a group of friends goes out or
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Teen’s Perspective on Summer Work

by Sam P. June 24th, 2019| School, Teens

My personal opinion on summer work is that we shouldn't have it, but alas, we do.  I think that it is unfair for teachers to give us work to do over the summer while they don't do anything, but we do, so there isn't

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5 Ways Having A Pet Helps A Teen

by Jane Wangersky May 20th, 2019| Social, Teens
When we think of pets being good for our children, we usually think of elementary age kids. After all, they’re at the age when it’s good to start learning responsibility. Teens, not so much. Your teen probably already has a fair amount of responsibilities, maybe sometimes more than they
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