How To Respond When Things Go Wrong

Teens are famous for making dumb and impulsive decisions. They predictably exhibit emotional intensity that defies logic and context. We as parents typically get the brunt of this. Whether we’re cleaning up a mess they made in the community or at school or dealing with a verbal or physical onslaught at home, our options are limited in the…

Why Teens Tune Out Their Parents

Parent: “How was your day?” “How are you doing?” “What do you think about…?” Do you want to…?” Teen: “Sure”, “Fine”, “I don’t know” “Huh?”, silent shrug. This aspect of parenting teens can be terribly frustrating. So how do we often deal with our frustration? Let it go until we can’t any more then… yell,…

Important New Data on Social Media and Teens

A comprehensive survey about teens and social media was just released from Common Sense Media. There were a lot of interesting findings. Check out the infographic or the full report if you’re interested. It turns out that most teens believe that social media has a positive effect on them overall. It’s actually not even close. This is consistent with a Pew Research…

Is Your Teen’s Behavior “Normal” Or Not?

Perhaps the hardest thing about parenting teenagers is the amount of uncertainty involved. It can be incredibly difficult to know how your kid is really doing right? If they’re smoking pot, are they just experimenting, socializing or self medicating? Is it really affecting their brain (yes)? How much? Even if they are getting good grades,…