7 Questions To Create Super Problem-Solver Kids (EXPERT)
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7 Questions To Create Super Problem-Solver Kids (EXPERT)

  Kids have come to rely heavily on parents and teachers to do their thinking for them.  They have become unwilling, or unable, to go beyond rote learning. In the classroom, lesson plans and curriculum are now strongly influenced by 'essential questions'.  These questions engage students in evaluating, analyzing and applying knowledge to better understand, and function in, their world.  They encourage students to think critically, instead of simply looking up facts.  

Coaching Kids To Understand The Impact Of Their Words [EXPERT]
Are your kids careful about what they say?
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Coaching Kids To Understand The Impact Of Their Words

Initially, they were quick to defend their comment because there was nothing intentionally harmful or hurtful about it. They were "just kidding" and "fooling around." Everyone knew they were joking, and it wasn't intended to do harm to anyone. That was when I saw my teachable moment.

Help Your Teen Find His Own Solutions (EXPERT)
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Help Your Teen Find His Own Solutions (EXPERT)

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to say to your teen, "Been there, done that. Let me show you how it's done"? I do, too... although looking back to my younger days, I can honestly say that I learned the most when I had to solve things myself. (On a personal note, my children were amazed to hear that when I studied abroad during my junior year of college, I was only able to call home three times. There were no cell phones, no computers or email, and it cost $40 for a 20-minute phone call, which I had to make from the post office.

Why Parents Need to Learn Teen Slang (EXPERT)
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Why Parents Need to Learn Teen Slang (EXPERT)

Whatever. Fine. I don't know. Do those phrases just push every button you've got?  It used to make me crazy when my (now 27-year old) son answered 'cool' to everything, including incredibly sad news.  It took forever for me to understand that 'cool' just meant 'I heard what you said.'

7 Answers To Why Teens Drop Out Of School
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7 Answers To Why Teens Drop Out Of School

As a therapist who sees teenagers, I get this questioned posed to me often…Stacy, I don’t want my child to drop out of school, but they refuse to go and I don’t know what to do. What should I do? I often approach this topic from “what is your child communicating to the rest of us that we aren’t hearing?”

Kids & Sexting: What Parents Need To Know [EXPERT]
Sexting isn't sexy.
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Kids & Sexting: What Parents Need To Know

Recently, a group of about 13 children at a high school in Dallas Fort Worth Texas were arrested in a sexting scandal. The officers involved said that in Texas, teenagers are charged with a misdemeanor for sexting. It is a much more serious issue in other states that can result in the youth being charged with a felony crime. Kids are then labeled sex offenders for an impulsive act that is common in many schools.

The Ultimate Parent Fails
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The Ultimate Parent Fails

By Barbara Greenberg, PhD, Teen Parenting Expert Yep, we all do it. So let's have a little fun looking at our "parent fails"- those moments of parenting gone awry where we had the best of intentions but no guide to tell us exactly what to do. Those "oh no, did I just do that or say that? moments are inevitable if you are a parent who is deeply immersed in the parenting game. And, during this game wrong and awkward moves are bound to happen, REPEATEDLY.

"Am I Ugly?"—A Heart Breaking Video Makes News
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"Am I Ugly?"—A Heart Breaking Video Makes News

I saw an article on Huffington Post this morning that made me cringe. I was so stunned, I had to write a post immediately. According to to one NYU Child Study Center study 59 percent of girls in 5th through 12th grade are "dissatisfied with their physical appearance."  Research also shows that little girls' self esteem peaks at, are you ready for this, age 8. Further, a girl’s self esteem “PLUMMETS” after age 9. Yikes.

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Older Parents Struggle With Raising Teens

Still, like my friend, mid-life parents of teens can sometimes feel disadvantaged. They describe feeling isolated from other parents. They may lack the stamina and energy that they had when their older children were teens. Others feel out of touch with aspects of teen culture. And, maybe if they had more energy they would be more motivated to listen to the trending teen music, watch some of the teen reality shows.