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The time has come to bid farewell to summer and get back into the swing of things with a brand new school year. A mix of emotions surrounding the start of the new year are sure to surface, and as a parent, checking in with your child is imperative.
Here is a list of five questions parents should ask their kids during the first week to get a sense of how it’s going and any issues that might arise.
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Your Teen and Celebrity Role Models
Celebrities are constantly in the spotlight, filling the pages of newspapers, tabloids, magazines, and gossip websites, and appearing on entertainment television shows.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a child who doesn't love sugary foods, and chances are the processed or packaged food your child eats has some amount of added sugar.
But a sweet tooth isn't as harmless as it might seem. Our country's addiction to sugar is adding up to serious health consequences for families, and experts are saying it should be reined in.
Starting high school is an exciting time in your child’s life. The transition from middle school to the big campus involves new teachers, new friends, and an abundance of new school activities, including clubs, electives, sports teams, and musical organizations.
Sweet 16 is a milestone to celebrate and a time to make memories. Finding the perfect sweet 16 birthday gift is important, and there’s no better way to do it than by giving the gift of experience. Memories of a special time can last a lifetime, and there are so many that you can gift your birthday girl with that will be poignant experiences. Here are the top ten best sweet 16 experience gifts.
More: Sweet 16 Gifts for Girls
Your Teen Daughter: Is More Discipline the Answer?
It is true that children of all ages need some parental control and discipline. The quality just may be more important than the quantity. Learn to use authoritative, not authoritarian, control over your adolescent daughter. The authoritarian parent may be less tired at day's end but the final result won't be nearly as good.
The Scene: Your 18-year-old daughter and her date are invited to a pre-prom party at a friend's and several post-prom parties. You want her to have a wonderful time, but you're worried about her drinking. When you raise the issue with her, she rolls her eyes. "Don't worry, mom," she says. "I can handle it."
As parents, we want to provide our children with the tools that they need to have a happy and healthy life. Parenting has changed since the time of our own childhoods, and we have access to more resources and information about parenting than our own parents ever did. One parenting philosophy and resource that is having a tremendously positive impact, both on children and the adults that support them, is called Conscious Discipline.
Discipline for teens can sound daunting. There are no longer stints in the time-out chair when your child is now probably taller than you are! Battles over eating mashed peas have morphed into more adult issues. So how do you handle these topics while helping your kid learn a valuable lesson and keep communication lines open all at once?
Here's the lowdown.
My daughter is bubbly and extroverted...and she has no siblings. As an only child who thrives on social interactions with her peers, it has been difficult to meet her social needs while sheltering in place. FaceTime and Zoom calls and online classes don’t do much for her either—she explained to me that she doesn’t like these things because she wants to “be with the real person.”
Selecting Names for Multiples
The rules for selecting baby names for multiples are generally no different than when naming just one baby. Remember the old saying—if it ain't broke, don't fix it. There's no reason to change the naming process when there's more than one new being to dub.
“Daddy’s little girl” — it’s an expression, of course, reflecting the special bond some fathers have with their daughters. As witnessed by actor Steve Martin’s freakouts in the classic 90s remake movie Father of the Bride, no dad wants to see his little girl married off; no longer the hero in her life. I know my husband will forever see our daughters as little girls no matter what. So, how do you deal, as a dad, when your little girl starts dating?
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When Your Teen Wants a Car
There's a great probability that, sooner or later, your teenager is going to want to have his own car. The question is, will you agree to let him have one?
Let's dispel the notion right up front that every teenager needs to have his or her own car. Plenty of kids do just fine without a Jetta of their own. They walk. They keep riding their trusty bikes. They skateboard. They take a bus. They bum rides from their friends (and that's another issue), or from you.
As our times change to have a more inclusive world, we are seeing this pattern ripple into the birth world, too! Sayonara to the days of separated baby showers where mom disappears for most of the day, most likely whisked away looking fit to see the queen, her partner is summoned at the end to help deliver the carloads of gifts back home. As women are taking control of the births, their partners are also becoming residually empowered to be more involved in the birth process.
Learning Gym Lingo
Here's the gym terminology you'll need to hang with the muscle-heads; it's sure to make your conversations with the locals a bit easier:
Setting Limits and Staying Sane
Too Strict or Too Lenient?
Here's a surefire recipe for conflict: Mix together one parent (whose job is to make rules) and one child (whose job is to question rules). The resulting power struggle can turn a happy home into a war zone in seconds flat and drive a formerly rational person to the brink of insanity. Sometimes it's tempting to enact martial law -- or go to the other extreme and dispense with rules altogether.
Activity for a group
Age group: 30-40 months
Duration of activity: 20 minutes
Although relay races may be too complex for young children, they will enjoy this simplified version.
Adding your child to the family mobile plan has become a new tech-oriented milestone, but for parents, it may also mean higher data costs. Unless you’re willing to pay for an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to have a serious discussion with your kid about data usage.
Realistically, a single chat won’t do the trick for most kids. Instead, you’ll need to model, educate, and regulate — and possibly pay the occasional overage fees when things don’t go as planned.
Scouting, dance lessons, karate classes, chess clubs, soccer teams, swim meets—the list of extracurricular activities tweens may be involved in is endless. Too many structured activities can deprive tweens of the time they need to socialize with friends, spend time with their families, and have time alone with their books, music, and collections so they can relax, unwind, and decompress.
Should students be allowed to have their cell phones in middle school and high school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most high schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting.
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The Traumatic Teen Years
My 13 1/2-year-old daughter does not like school. In fact, in every class where she has a marginal (terrible) grade her teachers have kindly noted that she “does not work to her potential.” It is nice that they have seen her potential, but not one of them has told me how to cultivate a rose from a very thorny plant. She loves to draw and has no trouble motivating herself to follow her creative pursuits, but academics just give her the heebie-jeebies.