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 I’ve seen it reported that 27 percent of girls lose their virginity on prom night. It’s a big night for your teen, and it should be a big night for you, too. Your job? To keep prom night from … [Read more...] about Prom Night… or Prom Nightmare?
It’s 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 … [Read more...] about Silent Assassin: Teen Stress
(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. We’re 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 … [Read more...] about It’s Summer: Help Your Teen Do Something Dangerous
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. They are shocking stories that made national headlines- recent, if extreme, additions to what, for the past few years, has grown into a drumbeat warning … [Read more...] about Are We Turning Our Teens Into Bullies?
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. Teens need to know the … [Read more...] about Tame Your Teen’s Temptations