The battle of words over the danger or safety of video games continues to rage.
Journal of the American Medical Association reported
that one out of every three students in grades six through 10
is the victim of bullies.
Every day, it seems, someone says teenagers are so
different than they used to be. We hear about drug and alcohol
use, violence, disrespect, and a myriad of other ills that are
affecting our adolescents, including low self-esteem, anger,
depression, and family problems. But it seems that little is said
about how to create a positive transition from adolescence to
adulthood. Here are some ideas for parents.
Michele Borba, EdD
"What were you thinking?" "But didn't you tell the
kids it wasn't right?" "You did what?!!@!" Are you concerned
that your kid always seems to go along with...
In part two of this article, read
how girls entering puberty often face a "crisis in confidence"
which makes them vulnerable to risky behavior, and these bad
choices can have devastating lifelong consequences.
Find out how mentors can help teenage girls survive the risky years and how you can find a mentor for your teenage daughter or become a mentor yourself.
Parents often become less involved in the lives of their children as they enter the middle grades. What can I do to be a good parent for my early adolescent child?
Mention being the parent of a
young adolescent and other adults may roll their eyes and
express their sympathy.
The secret to having kids look
forward to spending time with mom and dad lies in treating
teens as if they are already adults.
Remember your first year? Now it's your child's turn.