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THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

You've reached that ever-looming reality that your strong-willed firstborn daughter, the one you named with purpose and depth, the one for whom you've had such dreams and high standards, the one whose schedule, eating habits, activities and friendships you've been able to keep in a relatively controlled box, has become a TEENAGER.

Why Social Media Behavior Matters

For our digital natives, online interaction is part of the new order. But that doesn’t mean our kids don’t require old-fashioned parental guidance.

Surprising Teen Conversation Starters

Your teen is a growing, independent soul. Sometimes parents get so worried about their teens that they forget they are separate individuals who process the world differently because of being in a different stage of life and having a different social position than their parents.

Mom & Daughter Time: Great Ways to Build the Bond

It’s not easy being a ’tween or a teen girl; nor is it easy being the mother to one. We see our daughters spend more time in their bedrooms, on the phone, computer and hanging out with friends. Many don’t want us around because we embarrass them. So, what’s a mom to do—or not do? Definitely don’t bail out! They need us now more than ever. As our daughters enter some of the most difficult stages of adolescence, learning to adapt and bond with them becomes increasingly important.

Driving 101

Do you have a teenager who is nearing driving age? Are you wondering about steps needed to obtain a driver’s license? All 50 states now have a three-step Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in an effort to reduce teenage driver crashes. Under the system, teens build up driving experience as they develop skills. There is no national GDL law, so individual states make their own laws.

Better Balance Screen Time

With mobile devices readily available anywhere and everywhere, striking a healthy balance between online and in-person interaction is difficult for today’s families. How do we find a happy medium between quality family time and the siren song the pixelated forest of apps, games and social media generates?

Why Your Teen’s First Car Should Be a Clunker

Getting those keys in your hand is such a memorable time and a fun rite of passage. When it comes to cars, quite a spectrum of choices is available. On one end, you have the shiny new luxury vehicle and on the other end is the rusty clunker/jalopy category. If you were like me, your first car was closer to a clunker.

Ode to Teenagers

I KNOW FOR A FACT you are only reading this because you saw the title and thought: She must have gone off her rocker. Singing an ode to teenagers is akin to praising the U.S. Congress for having accomplished something. Or liking the moles tunneling under your lawn. Or being particularly fond of bee stings.

Home Alone: Ready or Not

Does the idea of leaving your child home alone evoke images from the 1990s movie Home Alone? No need to panic! For many, leaving children home alone is not only an “earned” convenience of sorts for parents, but also a rite of passage for children.

The Upside of Social Media Connected Kids

As parents we often hear stories about the shadowy side of social media. While problems can crop up, the networking tool can be instrumental in helping kids learn, connect, raise awareness and grow into more mindful communicators.
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