In all of the media commentary and analyses of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the focus was almost entirely on the three rules of evidence employed in deciding if George Zimmerman was guilty of murdering the teenage boy. These rules from least to most rigorous include:
Learn how to parent your tween or teen child. This expert parenting advice will teach you when to listen, what to say, and how to get closer to your teen.
It's hard for kids to watch their divorced parents date new people. Even harder: tagging along on their parents' romantic getaway. In this new movie, Pam (Toni Collette) takes her 14-year-old son Duncan (Liam James) to Cape Cod, where they live with Pam's new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). But the "vacation" is anything but relaxing, mainly because of the tension between Trent and Duncan. So here are some takeaways for divorced parents!
Some helpful tips on determining what kinds of "friends" your son or daughter has.
At 13 I met my childhood “puppy love”. His name was Aidan and he resembled the teenage version of actor Chris O’Donnell. Aidan was a competitive skier, brilliant, British, and had baby blue eyes and razor sharp smile a la actor Michael Fassbender. He was academically gift, fluent in French, socially savvy, and dressed out of a Brooks Brothers catalog.
We love our kids. Year after year, we do anything to give them every advantage in the world and nudge them toward the life of their dreams. This is often at the cost of our personal time and relationships. So many parents feel like they have put their life on hold to put all their available energy and resources into their kids.
Adults love to give kids warnings when a rule is broken and would love to believe warnings are a highly compassionate method of parenting, a reflection of our loving and kind humanity. But guess what? Warnings may be the farthest thing from true compassion. Though almost always well-intentioned, warnings will routinely backfire. Here are the main reasons why:
When I was a child, it seemed like every adult in my zip code had an uncanny skill for making a “mountain out of a molehill.” In other words, of taking the smallest shred of negativity and amplifying all the tyranny and rottenness that shred of negativity may have implied. Before I go any further, let me give credit where credit is due. Exaggeration—the ability to weave a grand story out of next to nothing—is a very creative endeavor. It takes a keen eye, creative determination, and a lofty ability to wax poetic on all that is wrong.
So many kind and thoughtful parents are trying so hard to simply have a lovingly positive impact on their child, only to see the child slip further and further into the realm of being “challenging.” This is so prevalent, even among the best and brightest parents. Difficult child behavior comprises a quiet epidemic – the kind that brings so many to their knees.
There is a quiet despair among so many loving, smart, and deeply caring parents. They so desire to see their children manifest their greatness, to use their intensity well instead of having it go awry, and too often they see their best efforts to inspire respectful and responsible choices slip away to further levels of frustration.
Me and my ex-boyfriend have been going out and breaking up for 2 years. This is how is it started (His name is Dustin by the way) The first time I was 15 a freshman in highscool and Dustin was 16 a junior also in highchool( We went to the same highschool together).When we first meet on facebook and after he asked me out, everything in my life had changed.I thought everything was perfect I thought for a moment that he was the one that I was waiting for.
Do you have trouble saying 'no' to your kids? Parents have to set clear expectations, as well as personal boundaries. At a recent "Step In or Step Aside" event, one mom talked about taking her daughter shopping, and going to multiple (more than 5) stores in order to find just the 'right' jacket (style and label). While she was frustrated, and exhausted, it hadn't occurred to her to just say no.
Being a professional life coach for teens has its benefits and challenges. Frankly, most of the benefits come from my wonderful adolescent clients. Ironically, the biggest challenges come from my own teenage children. My oldest daughter is a senior in high school, and when it came to the “sex talk” I was told that I was not the appropriate parent. Even though I had numerous conversations time and again with other teens, it was clear that I wasn’t allowed to speak with her about this topic. I was given the reasons, relinquished that role and