Domestic violence creeps up out of nowhere and finds its ugly way into so many lives. Nobody ever believes it can or will happen to them, yet suddenly find themselves in a dangerous situation. Domestic violence does not discriminate either: It can happen to black or white, rich or poor, highly educated or uneducated. So […]
Everyone wants to find love. There is nothing more human than wanting to love and be loved. Teenagers are experiencing this for the very first time, and it can be intense and passionate. The emotions involved are real and often extreme, and teen relationships are often marked by plenty of ups, downs, and intensity. It […]
It’s hard enough being a teen these days, without any added problems or pressures. But when teens’ parents are never around, things can get really tough. While many teens might think that having total freedom and no parents to boss them around and nag them would be a dream come true, the reality is that […]
It’s no secret that parenting is hard work. At times, your children will amuse and endear you with humor, antics, and accomplishments. You might even gleam with pride. Other times, they will try to run you down and take over, not only the household, but seemingly the world. You are likely already aware of this […]
Kids who “turn to drugs,” as the phrase goes, don’t do it to be delinquent or even to experience the high or buzz. The first time is more social or experimental. And once kids are past the first time, the second time is easy. That’s why using is such a risky business.
What do I say to my kids when they seem consumed with worry and despair for their futures and when tragedy cuts down innocent lives? When leaders demonstrate behaviors that I work hard to steer my children away from and demonstrate intolerance where I want to teach them tolerance? And in their day-to-day lives when […]
“I don’t want my child to do as she’s told. I want her to do things without being told!” So how do you get there? How do you get your child off the couch and into being helpful? Let’s talk about what you can do, starting today.
It’s hard to get along with your teenager. Not only have they become more focused on their friends and probably a bit moody as well, you and your teen truly want different things. They want independence, freedom, and just to have fun. You want them to be safe, be responsible and make good decisions. Often, […]
It’s not just your imagination. Teen suicide rates are rising at alarming rates. The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was […]