Would you let your 17 or 18, or 19-year old daughter, and her boyfriend, share a bed if he slept over your house? Let’s back up – would you ever even let your daughters boyfriend sleep over your house?
I recently spent time around a table with some older and wiser mothers. Conversation soon turned to teenagers. I envied my own budding members of this often maligned demographic, who sat on the hostess’ matching recliners, lost in competition on their iPods, while the battle-worn women told of children morphing into angry, emotionally unstable – even abusive – teens.
In March of 2017, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why debuted; a series based on a novel by Jay Asher. The show follows high school student Clay as he listens to a series of cassette tapes made by fellow student, Hannah, who died by suicide. I was hesitant to watch despite being told by several friends and…
Excessive weight is a problem for more than 12.5 million children in the United States, reports WebMD. If your teen is struggling to beat the bulge, you can be instrumental in her ultimate success. While broaching the subject of weight can be difficult, tackling the issue will ultimately be beneficial to your teen as weight loss efforts can improve both her physical and mental health.
Talking to your teen about sex can be a lot harder than talking to a younger child about the topic. He probably knows the mechanics, but you’ll have to discuss all the issues that come up around sex–peer pressure, being ready and respecting others’ decisions–at a time when talking to parents about anything personal is “uncool.” You may worry that talking to him about sex will seem as if you are giving the OK, but kids who can talk to parents about the issue are less likely to have sex early and are more likely to use safe behaviors when they do start.
Surprise: You and your daughter arent speaking the same language!
While the thought of your teen engaging in behavior that could result in the acquisition of an STD is likely enough to keep you up at night, it’s important to realize teens can and do get them. If you believe your teen has engaged in risky behavior, an STD test may be a wise choice. A test for sexually transmitted diseases will prompt immediate treatment and ensure she doesn’t suffer from the ill-effects of the condition in the future.
If your teen is carrying more pounds than she would like, weight loss camp may prove an effective means of shedding them. With the number of obese teens and children constantly on the increase, numerous camps have popped up across the country, offering programs aimed at helping teens get healthy. Enrolling your teen in one of these focus-on-fitness camps may provide her with the weight-loss assistance she needs and allow her reduce her weight to a healthy range.
Technology has transformed our world so thoroughly that our kids cannot imagine life without gadgets. They expect to have access to these devices 24/7, but their expectations aren’t always realistic.
Thanks to the presidential election, the news lately has been full of women’s stories of unwanted sexual attention from men. In response, Canadian writer Kelly Oxford amassed thousands of voluntary accounts of women’s first experiences with assault and harassment. Most took place when the women were minors, and involved trusted coaches, hairdressers, neighbors and caregivers;…