4 Tips For Helping Your Tween or Teen Deal With Anxiety

although anxiety is a diagnosis, it is not a death sentence. There is hope for your teen and your relationship with them. There are things you can do that will actually help them in learning to cope with their anxiety and thrive in the world. And both of you can make it to the other side stronger, both as individuals and as a family.

My Teen Thinks I’m the “Only Mom” and I’m Okay with That

Being a parent (especially of independence-craving teenagers who think they have it all figured out) is the toughest job in the world.

It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. It requires a ton of courage, mental resolve and sometimes, a deaf ear to other parents’ unsolicited advice (or snarky behind-the-scenes comments) who think your clench is too tight. 

3 Ways To Negotiate With Children From a Master FBI Negotiator

“Negotiating with children is part of fatherhood.”

Everything is a negotiation, especially with kids. Comedian Jim Gaffigan jokes that his youngest daughter acts as the ring leader for his other four kids and turns bedtime into a hostage negotiation. Reluctantly, Gaffigan caves and gives in to their demands as long as they go to sleep. It’s humorous and true. Negotiating with children is part of fatherhood. And sometimes, we have to negotiate with our kids to regain some of our sleep. 

Parents Should Apologize To Their Kids. Here’s The Right Way To Do It. 

Everyone makes mistakes, but when parents mess up in relation to their children, it can be hard to own up to their failures.

“As parents, we may feel uncomfortable about apologizing to our kids,” said Genevieve von Lob, a clinical psychologist and author of “Happy Parent, Happy Child.” “We may fear that we’ll lose our authority as parents if we say we’re sorry, and that our children might lose respect for us, and even start using our apology against us.”
She emphasized, however, that the exact opposite is true.
But what’s the best way to go about apologizing to your children ?

The Best Ted Talks for Teens and Tweens To Help Them Learn To Adult

A Ted Talk is a lively and engaging presentation given in an informal manner by guests from all different types of backgrounds They are often a motivational talk that can teach our kids important life lessons and help them to understand themselves and the world around them a little better. They are almost always inspirational and some can even be laugh-out-loud funny. There are doctors, comedians, celebrities, activists, teachers, and sometimes even kids and teens.

The Mass Exodus of Educators Is Real, And It Isn’t Why You Think 

Remember at the start of Covid, when kids around the country were having to do school from home, and frazzled parents everywhere said, “Dear teachers, we’re so sorry we didn’t appreciate you! We’ll give you whatever you want! Anything at all! Just please take our kids back”? Yeah, I don’t really remember that either. It was rather a short-lived phase. As soon as the kids were back in school, parents forgot all about the stress of home-schooling. And honestly, it wasn’t even home-schooling.

Being Popular: Why it Consumes Teens and Continues to Affect Adults

Adolescents at Risk

Prinstein notes that “the ability to interact with peers and remain emotionally regulated predicts addiction, dropout rates, relationships issues and even child-rearing ability.” Researchers have found that two groups of teens are most at risk for long-term consequences related to their social status.

Things to Consider Before Taking Your Teen’s Phone Away as Punishment

According to the Childmind Institute, “For teens, the threat of having their phone confiscated or, worse, having their phone searched by their parents, would seem to be a powerful deterrent to bad behavior. At least parents would like to think it’s a deterrent. But what is really going through the mind of your teen when you take their cell phone away?”

Why Popularity Is So Important in Middle School and How to Navigate It 

Over 25% of 5th – 8th graders consider popularity more important than friendships.
Not all kids want to be popular, but they need to figure out how to navigate peers and status. Preteens are working on figuring out who they are outside their family, so peer status matters. Here’s what’s happening developmentally and how you can help your child navigate it.