Parenting Adolescents

Solutions and suggestions to understand the challenges and issues your adolescent faces. Be inspired and learn more about your role, puberty and the brain. Articles have you in mind and are chosen from popular blogs, the news sources, and writers, like me, who are experts on tweens and teens.

7 Undeniable Characteristics of (most) Middle Schoolers
I have worked with middle school students in educational, athletic, and ministry settings for more
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7 Undeniable Characteristics of (most) Middle Schoolers

3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude
by Alan Kazdin Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is 12-and-a-half years old. She has become
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3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude

100 Fun Activities for Bored Teens
It’s summer, which means you may hear the words “I’m Boooored” coming from your teenager.
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100 Fun Activities for Bored Teens

7 Highly Effective Principles For Parenting Through Middle School & Adolescence
by Heather Moulder Deep breaths ... you've got this. Parenting is one of the most
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7 Highly Effective Principles For Parenting Through Middle School & Adolescence

The Secret to Magic Mornings? Put the Kids to Work
by Justin Coulson Getting breakfast ready and packing lunches for our six kids in time
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The Secret to Magic Mornings? Put the Kids to Work

Providing a Strong Sense of Belonging
by middleearthnj Everyone wants to feel they belong. All humans desire a connection with someone
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Providing a Strong Sense of Belonging

Look Closer - Guest Post
Teens are often pressured by their peers to engage in risky behaviors, such as substance
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Look Closer – Guest Post

Parents Of Successful Kids Have These 7 Things In Common, According To Science
by Scott Bender Every parent wants their children to be successful in life. Here are
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Parents Of Successful Kids Have These 7 Things In Common, According To Science

There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.
There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It. That’s right. You’re
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There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.

Ted Talks - Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot
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Ted Talks – Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

How to get more than a one-word answer from your teen
by Ariane Beeston If asking your teen "how was your day?" elicits nothing but one-word
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How to get more than a one-word answer from your teen

Don’t assume that every student had a fun or warm holiday break
by Kirsten Perry One of my middle school students was recently sent to me after
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Don’t assume that every student had a fun or warm holiday break

#MeToo posts about sexual harassment prompt me to confess #YesIHave
by Craig Lancaster The #MeToo posts flooding my Facebook newsfeed — and yours, no doubt
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#MeToo posts about sexual harassment prompt me to confess #YesIHave

7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too
By managing your media and reclaiming your family time, you show your kids what’s really
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7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too

How To Raise An Optimistic Kid In A Pessimistic World
By managing your media and reclaiming your family time, you show your kids what’s really
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How To Raise An Optimistic Kid In A Pessimistic World

Want to keep your new middle-schooler out of trouble? Then let them take risks
by Michelle Icard Middle school gets a bad rap. Ask parents of graduating elementary-schoolers how
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Want to keep your new middle-schooler out of trouble? Then let them take risks

As the kids return to school - a few words about drugs & alcohol
by Megan Jones In addition to putting away your beach chairs and planning a fun
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As the kids return to school – a few words about drugs & alcohol

Validation
Kurt Kuenne Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking.
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Validation

The Most Valuable Thing You Can Do For Your Kids
One of our toughest jobs as parents is to allow our kids to weather life’s
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The Most Valuable Thing You Can Do For Your Kids

'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress
by Juli Fraga It's difficult to have a teenager's mind. The brain develops rapidly during
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‘When I Was Your Age’ And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

Ted Talks - Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure
Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back
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Ted Talks – Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

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