Cyberbullying and Teens – The Basics for Parents

Cyberbullying has increased. To effectively stop cyberbullying, it is important not only to know what it is, but also how it presents itself, and the possible effects. Awareness is the key to preventing any occurrences and ensuring that your children do not become victims. What is considered cyberbullying can vary. Essentially, cyberbullying occurs when a […]

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Your Teen Athlete

Each year there are famous athletes that are paraded across the news for using performance-enhancing drugs. Unfortunately, there are so many young athletes that look up to them. Many follow in their idol’s footsteps and begin using these drugs as well. When it comes to performance-enhancing drugs and your teen athlete, you want to talk […]

Tough Love – Parenting Teens (and Helping Loved Ones)

The term tough love may not be all that familiar these days. Many years ago, the term tough love indicated a need for an individual to exude a stern, firm, and sometimes harsh demeanor toward a loved one. Was this so that the individual could be abusive? Most certainly not – tough love has the […]

Eight Tips for Parents of Risk-Taking Teenagers

Some people think risk taking is normal for teens as a way to learn about themselves and gain their own identity. Unfortunately, some risk taking can be detrimental to your teen’s life including, but not limited to, using drugs, drinking and driving, or having unprotected premarital sex. While teens may be more likely to exhibit […]

Side Effects of Steroids

Steroids, such as anabolic steroids, have been used for years by athletes who want to enhance their performance. They are illegal owing to their dangerous side effects on the human body. Even though steroid use is banned and not recommended, people are still using them. Why? One reason may be the results that they get. […]

Communicating with Your Teen about Drugs

Have you seen the advertising campaign that claims parents are “the anti-drug?” The idea is that parents have the most influence on their teens and therefore can have the most effect on whether the teen takes drugs. When you’re communicating with your teen about drugs, do you know what to say? Here are some guidelines […]

The Physical and Social Consequences of Teenage Smoking

If you haven’t seen the ads yet, smoking is both addictive and deadly. It can lead to cancers and disfigurement. But, many adult smokers began this habit when they were teenagers. Help your teen to realize what they are in for if they begin to smoke. You want to count out all that your teen […]

Child’s Targeted Behavior Problems

by James Lehman, MSW For many children, behavior problems are not universal; they’re targeted. Targeted at dad, at mom, at the stepmother, at the fiancé, at a sibling. The following two case studies reveal how normally charming and compliant children can become defiant or even abusive with one person in the family. James Lehman examines […]

Raising Confident Kids Through Proper Praising Techniques

In one of my parenting classes, we spoke about the drawbacks of praising kids and the difference between evaluative praise and descriptive praise. Evaluative praise is the type of compliment that sounds good but makes most people feel pressured and uncomfortable. It does nothing to improve self-esteem. Phrases like: “You are the best!” “You are […]

Is Your Child Struggling In School: The Best Way To Help

I hear this so often from parent: “My son is so lazy he never does his homework. I wish he would just apply himself.” “My daughter is so smart but she does not put in any effort.” I know in a lot of these situations parents will try to persuade their kids to improve themselves […]