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8 signs it’s time to have a talk with your teen

In the past, maybe it was sex or drugs. Now add modern school issues like cyber-bullying and there are even more reasons to stay in touch with changes in your child. We recommend family dinners every night possible so you stay close to your kids. Even if you do this, you should still watch for other danger signs that mean you need to go in and t ...read more

5 ways to parent a successful college kid

In a recent poll of freshman students, 1 out of 10 freshmen had parents who called them every day or every other day. Another survey found that 4 out of 10 college students (38%) had parents who had spoken with or attended meetings with their academic advisors. Almost a third (31%) had parents who had called professors to complain about a grade. On ...read more

How to reconnect with your college student during the holidays

My son rolls up in our driveway and bounces out to hug his mom. My son is home for the Christmas break and my mind is focused on his (but legally mine) dirty SUV. As my son goes inside to get the attention and affection from his mother, I look inside the car and wonder if it is part of a science project exploring the dangers of mold and mildew from ...read more

Family Dinners Have Nutritional and Social Benefits

The positive effect that family dinners have on children, especially teenagers, has been highlighted by a study carried out by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The study surveyed 1,000 teenagers and found that more than half of them believed that the best time to talk about something important with th ...read more

10 Tips for Parents During Prom/Graduation Season

Talking to teens about drinking can sometimes be challenging, but it is worth it when it comes to safety. Hopefully, this press conference will be the impetus to start the conversation. Remember, parents are the number one influencer in their teens’ lives.  Communicate- start the conversation with your teen Before prom or grad ...read more

Tonight’s Dinner Includes Pizza and a Sex Talk

Figuring out how to talk to your child about sex is difficult. Having a conventional "birds and bees" chat over milk and cookies is a far-fetched dream for most American families. Do you casually bring up sex during mealtime conversation about soccer practice and a math test? Do you sit your child down face-to-face and have a serious health talk? ...read more

Teen Quotes

Since adolescents are too old to do the things kids do and not old enough to do the things adults do, they do things nobody else will do. —AnonymousA teenager never opens his mouth when speaking except when there is food in it.—David Guttman, MDCarol is fifteen, to put it mildly. —Joan Hess Few things are more satisfying than seeing your chil ...read more

Tips for dads with over-scheduled kids

We all want to make sure our kids have enough experiences so that they know where they can really shine. This in turn may provide the direction for a fulfilling life. Sometimes, however, in our zeal to show them new things, we either allow them or push them to take too much on at once. Here are a few warning signs that your child is overbook ...read more

Teenagers and dads – don’t believe the myth that kids don’t want to talk to parents.

"Teens Don't Like Adults" Myth As a father of two teenage daughters (15 and 17) I have continually heard the comment that goes something along the lines of "Whoa, that's a tough age. I guess you'll get to talk to them again in six years!" I have also run into numerous dads (moms too) that say, "Yeah, my kids don't even want to be around me thes ...read more

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