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Do’s and Don’ts for Getting Teens to Listen

by Jane Wangersky July 18th, 2022| Behavior, Teens
While thinking about this article, I wondered if I really knew anything about getting teens to listen. It’s never easy, and even when you manage to do it you’re usually not sure you’ve succeeded -- at least not until much later. But after giving a mandatory safe environment talk to
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Do We Need A New Approach to Teen Bullying?

by Jane Wangersky November 15th, 2021| 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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Natural Consequences to Bad Behavior

by Sam P. September 2nd, 2016| Behavior, Teens
Bad behavior will typically receive a consequence from a parent, but one does not often think about the natural occurrences that come about because of a bad behavior.  Bad behavior can be anything from just being rude, to being physically aggressive toward things.  It could be someone mouthing off to

Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated

by Sam P. May 27th, 2016| Behavior, Teens
Respect is a very important aspect of life, especially growing up and becoming a teenager.  Whether you are talking to someone your age, an elder, or someone younger than you, you should always grant that person respect, even if they have not given you a reason to deserve it.  You
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Teen Tats: You Don’t Have to Like Them, But . . .

by Jane Wangersky March 25th, 2016| Behavior, Teens
I wasn’t the one who wrote the permission note to the tattoo artist -- his father did that -- but I didn’t try to stop him either. So now I have a teen with tats. Nothing big or offensive, just some Chinese characters on his forearms, standing for the good
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Teen’s Perspective on Biting Your Tongue

by Sam P. February 5th, 2016| Behavior, Teens
While we have passed the holiday season and stress levels should be back down, that doesn't necessarily mean we don't get stressed out by people at times.  One may think it is better to air out your problems with a person and talk things out, but often times it is
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Teens, Technology, and the Need for a Listener: Part II

by Jane Wangersky December 25th, 2015| Behavior, Teens
Our interview with Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, creator of the short film The Truth, continues.

What can parents do to teach their teens boundaries in social media and other online sharing?

I think the simplest thing is to not allow social media use unless you are privy to
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Would You Test Your Teen for Drugs?

by Jane Wangersky June 19th, 2015| Behavior, Teens
A company in Florida is marketing a home drug test kit and strongly advising parents to use it for random drug testing on their teens. Actually, it advises them to start testing their kids around age 12, before experimenting with drugs typically starts. Is this something that’s going to
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Teen Behavior: What to Deal With, What Can Wait

by Jane Wangersky April 24th, 2015| Behavior, Teens
While trying to decide what teen behavior issue to focus on this time, I realized that in my mind I was dividing them into issues that really need attention -- to the point where they’re important enough to get an article -- and others that parents may worry over,

Normal vs. Abnormal: Know Your Teen

by Jennifer S. Rowe October 10th, 2014| Behavior, Teens
Times have definitely changed, but with that being said, some things have most definitely NOT changed when it comes to teenagers. Now I don’t know about your teen, but I have to remind my son several times that he has chores to do! Reminders to do homework, turn the

Behavior at School

by Sam P. October 3rd, 2014| Behavior, Teen Perspective, Teens
When you're at school you should always be on your best behavior.  Not only should you respect your teachers, you should keep in mind that the way you treat them can reflect both negatively and positively on your future.  Your teachers are giving you the stepping stones to becoming

Teen Challenge Turns Lives Around

by Jennifer S. Rowe August 1st, 2014| Behavior, Teens
Anyone who has ever had a teenager knows that it can be very challenging sometimes, to say the least. With that in mind, let's say for example your teen has a history of exhibiting really questionable behavior, such as bad decision making with no real concept of the consequences,