Prom is a big night for teens- with big consequences at stake. In a national survey, 90 percent of teenagers said their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night.* And Ive seen it reported that 27 percent of girls lose their virginity on prom night.
Its a dog-eat-dog world out there. Colleges are getting more selective every year, and you have to get those scholarships to avoid excessive student loans. Good jobs are getting harder to find, too, unless you constantly perform at the top. Getting that high GPA while managing extracurricular activities- all while keeping a great attitude and avoiding distractions- seems to be the only path to college and career.
(excerpt from If Your Teen Could Talk, by Dr. David Hooton) Brain Frame #4: Encourage Risky Behaviors Or rather, help your teen become a safe risk taker. Were talking about helping teens engage in risky behaviors that have predictable, non-permanent consequences. You have to allow them the opportunity to excite their amygdala, the driver for their emotional brain. You want to look for opportunities that will fulfill a teens need for real excitement but that dont end in death, permanent disability, or your premature grandparenthood.
In New Jersey, a college freshman jumps off a bridge when his roommate outs him by webcam. In Massachusetts, a high school student gets on the wrong side of the mean girls, who torment her until she finally hangs herself.
One of the greatest tests for teens has nothing to do with calculus, although it has plenty to do with calculating – calculating what will happen. The big What If? Taming temptation means helping your teen to understand their natural craving for undiluted pleasure, passionate desire, extreme danger, and their unabashed seduction by the unknown.
Does your teenage girl know Ana? How about Mia? If shes not yet comfortable in her own skin, maybe trying to lose a little weight, she might know one of them, or at least where they hang out. Just like your teen, Ana and Mia are constantly online. Sharing thoughts. Posting pictures. And they have awesome diet advice, like Eat ice or gum when youre hungry, and Drink one glass of water every hour.
The other evening at dinner, my twelve-year-old daughter recalled a serious auto accident she was in when she was four. Her memory was terrifying: the car skidding on a rain-slick street, flipping over a guardrail, and finally coming to rest upside-down. Its a wonder she wasnt killed.
Today, U.S. News and World Report published an article about YouTube videos of teens and tweens cutting (Teens Posting Cutting Videos on YouTube, February 21, 2011). Among professionals and parents alike, there remains much confusion about teen cutting and self-harm.
Valenteens Day The rose is red, the violet’s blue, The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
As soon as it hit the shelves, I purchased Brookes amazing book The Naked Mom. If you don’t have it, get it. It’s an insightful read dispelling many myths around the parenting experience. Brooke shines much-needed light upon being a mother, a woman, and a loving spouse. Her book also has a brilliant cover, at many different levels. See in your minds eye a single picture: The stunningly beautiful Brooke. Artistically posed.