At times, teenagers can seem like a total mystery. However, there is luckily a lot of guidance available for navigating the often choppy waters of being a parent to a teenager. FOMO, AKA fear of missing out, is something which unfortunately plagues many teens today, but there is hope to guide them through it.
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In this article, you will find:
- Online and on the Phone
- Monitoring the Messaging: Dos and Don'ts for Parents
Teens & Talk: The Lure of Instant Messaging
Fourteen-year-old Samantha has her fingers on the keyboard and the phone at her ear, communicating with several friends while doing her homework. She loves instant messaging, almost as much as she loves the phone. To see her in action is to witness a champion "multi-tasker."
"I have 102 buddies on my Buddy List and you can click on your buddy if they're online," she says. "At the most I'll talk to 7 or 8 people at one time, usually 3 or 4."
Kids are no longer limited to paint, crayons, glitter, and glue during creative playtime. Ever-emerging gadgets offer exciting new ways for kids to exercise their imagination and artistic side! Help your modern day artistes dabble in music, photography, animation, and art with these picks for the coolest artsy and creative toys and devices.
After-school Jobs Get a Bad Review
Sure, a teenager who works part-time may be learning something about responsibility, punctuality, and money management. But studies show that when teens work for 20 hours or more a week (as nearly half of U.S. 12th graders do during the school year), the job isn't just good practice for the future. Overworked teens sacrifice sleep and exercise, spend less time with their families, and cut back on homework.
Your Kids and Television: The Dangers of Explicit Shows and Commercials
Monitoring your teen's viewing of sexually explicit material during these years is tough, as he may keep much later hours than you do. One simple way to keep his viewing “clean” is to consider what services you bring into the house.
If you don't have cable service, you have no problem, because local and network stations don't air explicit programs.
If you bring in basic service, you are less likely to be bringing in “hot” shows.
Teaching Your Teen to Be a Great Employee
Once your teen has a job, there are several simple steps he can take to make sure he keeps it for as long as he wants it:
We are living through undeniably difficult times as the reality of coronavirus touches nearly every aspect of our lives. All of us are affected by financial insecurity, the challenges of quarantine, and the uncertainty of what the future holds.
Making Memories with Your Teen
There's Still Time to Make Memories
Teens don't want to be seen with their parents, much less talk to them or do anything with them. That's what we hear all the time. I don't buy it. I never did.
From the Sandbox to First Love
Kids need to show and receive affection from the time they're born. As they grow older, they learn to demonstrate their affection in different ways. From a toddler's sudden hug to a teen's proposal of marriage to his first love - learn about the stages of emotions your children go through at different ages.
Preschoolers love to imitate their parents. They are quick to hug and kiss a friend or preschool classmate -- just like Mommy hugs and kisses Daddy.
The Sandy Bottom Orchestra: Talking about the book.
Dominant themes in children's literature are easy to identify: a need for love and companionship; a search for self-awareness and growth; and a need for hope and truth.
VSCO is a term that has been getting a lot of attention lately amongst parents. This Scary Mommy article which takes a candid and comical look at the whole VSCO phenomenon has probably shown up in your social media feed at least once this week. If you’re still not sure exactly what VSCO means, how teens use it, and what we should consider as parents, this article is for you. Spoiler alert: The term is definitely overused, unproductive, and doesn’t need anymore hype.
When Your Teen Needs Braces
Braces are a rite of passage for many teens. If your child gets them at roughly the same time his friends do, the experience may be easier for him. But even then, it can be a difficult time. Many teens are reluctant to talk or smile for a period of time after they get braces because they feel so self-conscious.
Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents
Brought to you by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
Is your teen a music buff? Encourage his interests and talents with the following tips.
1. Expose your teen to all kinds of music.
Try listening to music that's outside your usual range: classical (opera, symphonic, chamber music), pop, country, folk, ethnic music of other cultures, jazz -- you name it!
Shyness Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive
What can you do to give your shy child a social boost? Whether your child is a mildly timid toddler or a highly introverted teen, find age-by-age tips... read more
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Gone are the days when cell phones and tablets were for grown-ups. Now preschool-aged kiddos have access to mom and dad’s devices and elementary school-aged children have smartphones of their own. This makes the use of a parental control app, screen time management solutions, and apps to track kids’ phone use an absolute for 21st century parents.
New Yorker Victoria Kann is a staunch literacy advocate, and with good reason. She’s the writer and illustrator of the best-selling children’s book series, Pinkalicious, which spent over 100 days on the New York Times Bestseller list and has sold more than 24 million books worldwide. There’s also Pinkalicious cookbooks, stickers, activity books, toys, and a touring, successful off-Broadway show.
Working Teens: Juggling Job and School
Whether your teen is 13 or 17, she already has a full-time job: school. As you discuss whether your teen can (or should) get a job during the school year, remember that she'll be “moonlighting.” Making decisions will be much easier for both of you if you keep that in mind.
If your teen is thinking of taking a job during the school year, here are some questions to consider: