Involved Parenting of Your High School Student
By Ursula Richards Scheele, M.Ed.
Now that your teenager can drive, maybe has a job, is involved various extra-curricular activities, and is on her way to graduation and adulthood, you may be thinking to yourself, "So far, so good." Also, you may be asking yourself if this is the time when your role as a parent is diminished. Absolutely not. The job of parenting a high school student is as important as it has been since potty training and puberty. While my children are under the age of six, as a high school counselor I have been through many trials and tribulations with parents and their teens, and have learned how
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Lots of kids and teens have to cope with acne. It's a common part of puberty, but adults and preteens get it too. Because it's so common, acne is the subject of much discussion - and many myths. By clearing up some of the common tales about acne, you can help your son or daughter get through it.
Myth: Getting a tan helps to clear up skin.
Fact: Even though a tan may temporarily cover the redness of acne, there's no evidence that having tanned skin helps to clear up acne. People who tan in the sun or in tanning booths or beds run the risk of developing dry, irritated, or even burned skin. T
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Extra Curricular Overload
By Amanda Formaro
School is about to open and with it comes the barrage of extra curricular activities. Talent shows. Science projects. Homework. Dance class. Basketball practice. Violin recitals. Book reports. When is enough too much?
A friend of mine once told me of her 15 year old daughter who had insisted on participating in almost every extra curricular activity that came down the pipe. "She has become snippy with her siblings and looks tired. I think she knows that she took a large bite this time. She seems irritated that her free TV watching time has been replaced by schoolwork." What's a parent
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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online
By Jennifer Martinez
By the time kids reach middle school, they're likely to know as much or more about the Internet than their parents. Teens use the Internet for schoolwork, playing games, email, instant messaging, downloading music, shopping and entering contests. But although they know their way around the Internet, they may lack the judgment and emotional maturity to steer clear of trouble. And teens aren't much better off when it comes to online safety.
Yet, the best defense for tweens and teens has nothing to do with software or high-tech controls. Online safety often comes down to honest and ope
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Good Decisions: More Than a Feeling
What was he thinking? How could she? If you find yourself wondering what your teen was thinking, the answer may be "not much." Kids often make snap judgments based on impulse, especially when situations come up quickly, leaving teens with little time to sort through the pros and cons.
Some of those hasty decisions may involve cheating in school; skipping class; using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs; going somewhere or being with someone that you do not approve of; or driving too fast. But the consequences can include losing your trust, letting down friends, getting into trouble, hurting education and job prospects,
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