As an adult, you may not fully understand the pressure put on teens by social media, unless you yourself are on social media constantly. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram may look harmless from a distance. In small doses, they probably can be. When teenagers spend too much time posting and commenting, however, emotional problems may occur. That’s why it’s a great idea for teens to have easy access to a no-judgement zone where they can take a time out from the pressures of social media.
Stories lamenting the unfortunate level of devotion that teens have to entertaining everyday technology, are easy to see. It isn’t as common to see how technology could be healthy to a young digital native today. If you’re parent to a teen, and aren’t sure how technology could be good for your kid, here are several ideas.
For some kids, technology offers focus
Certainly, technology can distract. For some, however, the myriad ways in which the Internet offers an outlet for creative expression help focus the mind, often encouraging an early start. From Musical.ly for the budding musician to Networth Queue, Acorns and Robin for the business-minded, Charity Miles for teens with organizational skills and Khan Academy, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and Pathsource for those with academic interests that school doesn’t meet, there is a great deal that the phone can bring to a teen’s life. When the mind is engaged, it helps bring focus.
Many parents feel a mixed set of emotions when they see their teenage child sitting behind the wheel of a car, experiencing a sense of pride that they are becoming an adult by learning to drive, but at the same time, feeling more than a little anxious for their safety.
As an injury lawyer such as Herrman & Herrman will confirm, teen drivers are one of the most vulnerable groups of drivers on the road and their inexperience can often be sorely tested.
Teenagers have a lot to deal with: expectations of parents, school work and social lives, both real and virtual. These pressures can affect both their body and mind and cause mood swings that parents may worry about.
Parents can have a difficult time navigating their growing teen’s emotions, and a natural — and common — question is whether these emotions are affected by hormones or, perhaps, depression. No parents wants their son or daughter to face depression alone, so it is important to understand the difference between the natural hormonal growth that everyone goes through and the signs of depression. Here is a little help for parents who are having trouble telling the difference.
Did you ever wish that you could keep your kids under the age of 8 for like, EVER, just so you could avoid having “the talk” with them? It wasn’t so bad with my daughter, I just told her the same thing that my mother told me and what I had learned from my own personal experiences.
Talking about sex with my two sons though? Completely out of my element. I knew absolutely nothing about what it was like for boys to go through puberty. I have a brother that I grew up with, but seriously knew nothing about what boys dealt with. Oh sure, I knew the basics but that. was. it.
A parent’s job is never done, yet some tasks are easier to discuss than others. Keeping your kid away from the wrong crowd is a tough problem because you want your kid to know you trust them to make the right decisions yet you don’t want to give them enough space for them to make mistakes. When your child gets with the wrong crowd consider the following advice to come to a sound solution.
In earlier generations, parents used a ‘tough love’ approach to parenting and adopted more of an authoritative role. It’s best to balance a fine line between being a bossy authority figure and being too liberal (more like a friend) and allowing your child to make all of their own decisions. First, you must gain their trust by talking and especially listening to them. Remember what it was like to be their age without forcing your adult rules and wisdom on to them. You’ll gain their trust by letting them know you may disagree with them yet you’ll do your best to understand them.
Tweens and Teens have a difficult time building their self-esteem due to hormones, peer pressure, emotional turmoil and a multitude of other factors and influences. Staying the course and helping them through each period is one method of finding what works best for your child.
I am the first person to admit that I have a technology addiction. If I’m not on my computer, I’m on my iPhone. If I’m not on either of those, I’m on my tablet. My job as a blogger means that I’m “plugged in” to various social networks and I’m constantly checking out story ideas, planning my editorial calendar, looking for sources and information to include in my posts. I’m constantly plugged in. Even when I am asleep.
I know that I’m going to get an additional list of school supplies that the boys’ need the first week of school. That is just a given, as individual teachers require additional items for their classrooms that are not on the standard list that comes out from the school itself.
High school however, is going to kill me. Jonathan brought home his algebra syllabus the other day – AAA batteries, graph paper, colored pencils, TI-84 calculator, dividers – the usual. I knew (from previous experience with my daughter and algebra) that the TI stands for Texas Instruments and that it is a calculator designed specifically for scientific and algebraic calculations. No problem, I figured about $30 to $40 for the calculator should do it.
For years, teenage drivers have been stereotyped as chomping at the collective bit to get their driver’s licenses, causing their parents’ car insurance rates to rise astronomically, and not always engaging in the safest driving practices.
While some of these descriptions may still hold merit, others are just not true anymore. The following teen driving trends offer an interesting — and sometimes surprising and concerning — look at the youngest drivers on the road:
My boys are gone this weekend. That leaves just Dad and I (and the dog) alone in the house. Left to our own devices. More like staring at the four walls and checking the boys’ bedrooms every time we walk down the hallway and then remembering that they aren’t here.
What the Kids Are Doing
Tre was invited to go camping this weekend at North Bend Park and Campground with his friend, Jacob, and Jacob’s mom and brother. According to the pictures that Melanie has sent, he’s having an absolute blast and is not missing home a single bit!