As far as responsibilities go, parenting is about as big as they come. Much bigger than Thor protecting the earth, or Batman securing Gotham, or Spidey helping out in his neighborhood. Parenting is all about bringing your kid up to be healthy and happy, and so that they have the best chance of succeeding when they finally cross the threshold into adulthood. That is why your support and guidance is so crucial in their development, and none more so than during their teens, chipping away at the educational system and striving for academic success.
Most parents would agree that it is hugely important to make sure that your children are as safe as possible while online. These days, it is getting harder and harder to police what is happening on the internet, and if you sometimes find yourself being a little worried about your children when they are online, you are not alone. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that you are not so worried, and that your children are being a little safer with their online usage. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to ease your concerns. Read more
Teenage years are tough, and we have all been through them. In some ways, our experiences will have differed, but in other ways, we will have gone through times that are achingly familiar. That first date? The first signs of acne? Worries about being not being cool enough? These are common to most of us. It’s a wonder why any of us want to turn the clock back to be our younger selves again.
Looking back on your teenage years, there may be pieces of wisdom you wish you had known then. Fortunately, you can now pass on some of this advice to the teenagers in your life. Here are just some of the things you might want to say to them. Of course, as stubborn as teens are, whether they listen to you is another matter entirely.
1. Be yourself
To stay with the ‘in crowd,’ teens will try and conform to be like others. The trouble is, this is often at the expense of who they actually are. When it comes to compromising their personal values and beliefs, tell your teen to stick to their guns and be themselves. Of course, during these formative years, many teens don’t quite know who they are yet. These really are confusing times, but as far as is possible, encourage them to stand firm and not be swayed by the opinions and values of others.
2. Don’t grow up too quickly
Adult life comes soon enough, with all the worries that come with time and age. The trouble is, teens always seem to be in a hurry to grow up, especially as they don’t want to be treated like children. They want to wear adult clothes, watch grown-up movies and have more independence. That’s fine, but as you probably long for your childhood again, explain why this is important. It’s good to be as carefree as long as possible before the demands of adulthood begin.
3. Puberty will end Read more
There’s no point in denying the importance of technology, and our children deserve to have regular interaction with those devices. After all, they aren’t only important for communication between younger generations. They’re also an essential aspect of preparing for life in the modern business world. Read more
As great as kids can be, they can sometimes be a lot of hard work. Whether they are throwing a tantrum because you did not agree to buy them something they wanted at a store or they are upset that you are disciplining them for some unkind behaviour, every parent knows just how tough it can be. This is particularly true when it comes to the summer holidays. You may be thinking of sending your child off to a summer camp this year. It is a great idea. It is a good opportunity for your child to learn some independence while also making friends and exploring nature at the same time (as soon as they leave you start to miss them though). However, if your children are staying at home with you this summer, you will need to figure out how to entertain them. When they are complaining that they are bored all the time, you will suddenly start appreciating what a great job their teachers do. In any case, if you are going on vacation for a week or two there is still the issue of how you are going to entertain them for the rest of the time. Here are a few ideas: Read more
Over the last few years there has been an unbelievable rise in children visiting the doctor with sleeping problems. According to a recent survey there has been a tenfold increase in the number of kids visiting the hospital or GP with sleep related issues. This rise isn’t surprising given that it marries up with the accessibility to mobile devices.
Bereavement is very hard for us all to deal with, no matter how old we are. But children will find it particularly difficult to cope with death and loss, especially if they have never experienced it before. This is one reason why some parents decide to get a pet while they have children. Some parents think that the eventual death of a pet is an important life lesson for children to go through, and will help prepare them for even more significant losses. Read more
Author – Jayson Goetz
Teens and Financial Responsibility
Like most teenagers, I hated high school math classes. Don’t get me wrong, I understood the importance of basic arithmetic skills, and I could even see value in geometry. Advanced calculus, on the other hand, made me wonder, “when will I ever use this?” Now that I’m older, I wish I could have taken classes like “Interest Rates 101” or “Advanced Budgeting.” My mom did her best to prepare me for “the real world,” but some lessons are impossible to learn without experience.
When you find out you are pregnant, you know things are about to change forever. You’re ready for that (as much as you can be, anyway). Changes are going to happen to you, and to the way you live. What you may not be ready for is the way they will keep changing for the next several years. In many ways, that’s the story of parenthood. One huge change accompanied by endless smaller ones. Read more