I think we can all agree that children of all ages need limits. They need to know what to expect from us, and they need to know we mean what we say. But do we have to prove we mean what we say by being mean? Good news! We don’t.
Many parents avoid talking to their teens about drugs because they simply aren’t sure how to start the conversation, but it is essential to maintain open lines of communication so you aren’t blindsided by your teen’s drug use. I worked as a teacher in a residential treatment center for teens and what I saw over and over again were parents who said they didn’t talk to their teens about drug use or look for signs of drug use for one simple reason – their child would never do that. By the time those parents discovered how deeply in trouble their child was, it was too late for preventative measures.
Has your daughter just had her first period (or you suspect she will soon)? You may be at a loss about what to do and how to teach her about her first period. As a mom, you want to make sure she understands her options and what is happening to her body so that the transition is easier for her.
We have some resources to help you support your daughter as she starts her period and some great tips for creating a first period kit.
When I was a teenager I was thrilled by the independence my first part-time job gave me but I thought money management was spending until my bank account was empty. So many financial advisors recommend that parents get into the habit of using cash to help teach kids about money management but in today’s high tech society, many times it just isn’t realistic. Debit cards and credit cards provide a digital record of where our money goes and are much faster and more secure than using cash.
Internet safety has become increasingly important over the past several years as you hear about cyber bullies, child abductions, and internet related molestation cases. As a parent, the idea of giving my kids free use of the internet scares me to death. My kids are still young, with my oldest being in kindergarten, but the world is a different place than the one I grew up in. I can already tell that in a few years, my almost 6 year old will likely know more than me about the computer. Internet safety has to be a priority if you want to keep your kids safe in this crazy world we live in.