A Parent’s Guide to Listening to Your Teen

A Parent’s Guide to Listening to Your Teen

If you want your teen to listen to you, it’s important to listen to them. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, kids were six times more likely to overcome challenges and complete their homework if they had a parent who listened to them. Anyone can strengthen their attentive listening skills. Those same skills are likely to help you with other relationships too.  Use these strategies to increase your listening skills: Focus on interaction. Dialogue moves in two...

Creating a Strong Bond With Your Teenager

Creating a Strong Bond With Your Teenager

Naturally, as parents, we love our children and want them to be happy. However, once they become teenagers, things seem to change. Suddenly, the happy, carefree days of childhood turn into one moody day after another. Yes, teenagers are notoriously moody. I’m sure you can remember being moody yourself as a teen. I know I can. Of course, with the pandemic, their moods might be even more up and down than usual. This moodiness might lead to behaviors that are difficult to manage, such as:...

15 Valuable Life Skills to Teach Your Teen

15 Valuable Life Skills to Teach Your Teen

As a parent, it’s our job is to take care of our children until the day when they can strike out on their own. While they graduate from high school knowing how to read and write, there are other skills that are just as important that may not get covered in the classroom. I remember my parents teaching me how to do laundry, maintain my car, and balance a checkbook before I went to college.  Before your teen leaves home, ensure they're ready to fend for themselves and have a positive impact on...

Creating a Positive Mindset in Teens About the Future

Creating a Positive Mindset in Teens About the Future

I often work with teens who are somewhat discouraged about the future. The teen feels pressured to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their life. The pressure comes from: Having friends who know exactly what they want to do Knowing that high school will come to an end And yes, they feel pressure from us parents In addition, teens worry about student debt, potentially hating college, finding a job after graduation, ending up with a job that they dislike, and their biggest worry –...

A Parent’s Guide to Motivating Your Teen

A Parent’s Guide to Motivating Your Teen

Remember when your kids were little, and they were happy to do just about anything for a sticker or a kind word? Now they’re older, and you have to try harder to motivate them. Many parents become frustrated with teens who play video games for hours but avoid homework and chores. The situation can be even more challenging now that COVID-19 limits opportunities for socializing and extracurricular activities. Before you label your teen as lazy, try to understand their perspective. Take a look at...

Teaching Your Teen to Be Financially Literate

Teaching Your Teen to Be Financially Literate

As a teen, you can’t wait to be on your own and be able to buy whatever you want. I remember that feeling. I also remember going into debt because I didn’t make smart choices. I didn’t have the financial know-how that I do now.  Most states don’t have financial literacy requirements in education. It’s on parents and the children themselves to gain the necessary knowledge and skills. Unfortunately, many parents are uncomfortable discussing money. They’re concerned about saying something wrong...

Keeping Communication Open With Your Teen

Keeping Communication Open With Your Teen

If you're the parent of a teenager, you've probably noticed some major behavioral changes over the past few years. I know I have as a parent of two teen boys. Although these behaviors are normal for adolescence, it's still necessary to keep the communication flowing between the two of you. As kids enter their teens, they start spending more time alone in their rooms or out with friends. Maybe your teen also seems less interested in hanging out with you and more interested in listening to music...

Five Ways Teens Can Feel Gratitude in Challenging Times

Five Ways Teens Can Feel Gratitude in Challenging Times

Life is unpredictable and often very challenging. The year 2020 has more than proved that notion for all of us.  For high school seniors like mine, many of the traditional senior events we’ve anticipated for years have sadly been canceled. Each day we're faced with obstacles that test our ability to cope with difficulties. It's easy to get angry, scared, or resentful and forget about the good things in our lives. As parents, we need to be positive role models for our kids. If we don't cherish...

How to Modify Your Teen’s Behavior

How to Modify Your Teen’s Behavior

Struggling to change your teen’s behavior? You’re not alone. Teenagers can be stubborn and struggle against any attempts to control their behavior. But teaching your teen to exhibit positive, healthy, and effective behaviors is an important part of parenting. They might not appreciate your efforts now, but they will when they get older. Changing your teen’s behavior requires a plan. Try these strategies: 1.    Emotional drama isn’t necessary. Yelling and high levels of emotion are rarely...

Helping Your Teen Enjoy Meaningful Activities

Helping Your Teen Enjoy Meaningful Activities

One question I get asked most often is, “How do I get my teen motivated and help them find a career path they will love?” Extracurricular activities can contribute to their education as much as formal classes. As a parent, you can guide your teen toward activities that will help them achieve more in college and in the workforce. Consider these ways to help your teen get the most out of extracurricular programs. What to Look for in Extracurricular Programs 1.    Work as a team. Collaborating...