As our teens begin having more independence and freedom and they begin making their own food choices, how can we as parents encourage them to make healthy selections in and out of the home? Here are 6 tips to help get your teen eating healthy!
All teens are in a stage of development where the part of their brain that assesses risk and controls impulses is still developing. They need guidance and practice in making responsible, self-empowering decisions.
How can you help your teen develop good decision-making skills?
If you are a parent who struggles with day-to-day communication with your teen, it may be time to take a close look at what led you to this place. Is there a crack in the foundation of your relationship? What needs to be repaired?
It’s not uncommon for teens to complain that their parents never listen and just don’t understand. While this sentiment is sometimes charged with sarcasm and exaggeration, it highlights a core problem with parent-teen communication.
Having a healthy body image doesn’t mean teens don’t care about their looks, it means they value and appreciate their body. It means they accept and appreciate their body for what it is and what it does, not what it looks like.
The notion of peer pressure typically invokes an image of a teen being cornered or threatened by friends to vape, take drugs, have sex, or try alcohol. A teen succumbs for fear of losing friendships or facing ridicule. In reality, this is not how peer pressure works.
The death of a pet, friend, teacher, or loved one can catapult a teen into an emotional process of grief. It can be a challenge for parents to support their teens through the intense emotions that arise.
When I coach parents with concerns about their teen’s readiness for more autonomy, we focus on creating an environment and relationship that will support their teen’s journey toward independence and teach essential life skills.
Your teenage daughter is growing distant and moody and becoming more difficult to communicate with. She rolls her eyes at your well-meaning advice and explodes when you offer a thoughtful suggestion. So, what is the right approach? What are the most appropriate consequences? How can you parent a difficult teenage daughter with compassion and calm?
The holiday season means more time with family and an opportunity for meaningful conversations with your teen. I’ve created questions that will help spark a thoughtful dialogue and keep your teen engaged.