For centuries, elder mammals known as parents have been bravely living side by side with the teens trying to make sense of this most perplexing and reclusive animal.
When did it happen? When did we go from dressing our daughters in sweet (albeit itchy) princess costumes for Halloween to
Parents often dread the adolescent phase with their kids. Suddenly, their sweet, adorable children who couldn't stop hovering around their legs, want an identity of their own.
Congratulations on the new baby! Would you like some tips for getting along with your eventual teenager? What you do as the parent of a newborn will determine the relationship you have with the adolescent version of that bundle of joy.
I think it's fairly uncontroversial to say that parenting teenagers can be challenging. The teenage brain is still evolving, teenagers are very stressed out and anxious, and they can be an absolute nightmare at the dinner table.
1. Having a good sense of humor is better than having an expensive house, car, or watch. Having one makes people want to
Parent-Teen Chats About College Summer is a casual time when parents and kids can discuss college expectations without the
"I love my daughter and should never belittle her sensibilities, even if I don't always relate to them."
Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.
What Can I Do as a Parent?: 4. Be a Sleep Role Model: According to the 2013 Gallup Poll, only fifty-nine percent of Americans
Our oldest child was eleven when he went away to his first weeklong summer camp. He came home sunburned, sleep-deprived, and filthy. When I picked him up from our church parking lot, everything in me wanted to get him home so he could shower and I could start the (massive) post-camp laundry. But instead, I took him out for a hamburger.
So as my daughter celebrates her birthday today, I'll raise a glass to both of us. And once again ponder that age old question
No is not always the answer. In fact, saying No at the wrong times can shut down a teen faster than an eighth-grade romance gone bad or a cell phone battery on its last leg.
About Michael Sowa: Michael Sowa is a Lead Behavior Counselor at Autism Family Center. He is completing his masters in Applied
We humans are moody a bunch, each and every one of us. Some more so than others, yes, but it's there inside us all as we experience sadness, melancholy, frustration, disappointment, hurt and, hopefully, some joy along the way. To be human is to experience a full range of moods from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment depending on factors often out of our control.
My phone started buzzing. I looked down at the screen. One of my best friends was calling, but I was busy, so I didn't answer. It buzzed again. Still in the middle of something. Couldn't answer. Good thing we have a code. She texted me to call her ASAP. I dropped everything of course.
"Don't send me that pic."