Teens: It’s Normal To Question Your Sexual Orientation

Many teens question who they are; it’s a very normal and in fact necessary part of adolescence. And a part of uncovering one’s sense of self is questioning sexual orientation. To question whether you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual is a normal part life and a natural process of discovering who you are. Currently, heterosexuality is […]

Knowing the Three Stages of Adolescence Might Help You Understand Your Teen

Well, perhaps completely understanding your teen may be a stretch. But certainly understanding the typical stages of adolescence might give you insight into the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors your teen may experience.  With this information you might be able to be pick your battles, be more compassionate, and learn to roll with what your teen […]

How Parents Can Help a Lonely Teen

No parent wants to think that their teen is lonely and isolated from their peers. When you think of the high school experience, you probably think of events like dances, pep rallies, and parties that generally involve lots of people. If your teen is sitting home alone most nights, it’s easy to get worried about their social […]

How Physical Environment Affects Your Teen’s Mental Health

Mental health isn’t something that happens entirely inside a person’s head. Yes, mental health problems often involve brain processes and brain chemistry, but other factors matter as well, including the physical environment a person lives in. The physical environment can trigger dormant mental health problems or exacerbate existing mental health problems. This may be especially […]

3 Ways to Be the Best Role Model for Your Teen This Year

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be the best version of themselves. That’s why, as a parent, you worry about the role models that your child looks up to.  You want the actors, musicians, politicians, or other public figures that your child admires to act in ways that you would want your […]

The Gift of Giving Back as a Family

The gift of giving is a big part of the winter holiday experience, so it’s no wonder that it’s the time of year when many people start thinking not just about giving presents to friends and family, but about giving back to their community in the form of volunteering. As a parent, you also may […]

Drug-Impaired Driving: The Effects of Marijuana and Opioids

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that in 2016, more than 40% of drivers who were fatally injured in car accidents tested positive for drug-impaired driving. Close to 40% of those drivers tested positive for marijuana, and another 16% tested positive for opioids. 4% tested positive for a combination of marijuana and […]

Encouraging Teens to Self-Reflect This Time of Year

Adults traditionally view the end of the year as a time to take stock and self-reflect. Many people assess their lives and the way they’re living them.. You might have the hope of approaching the new year with a new outlook and perspective. You don’t have to wait until the end of a year, or any other […]

Parenting a Teen with Holiday Depression

The holidays are a difficult time for many people. The expectations of others around the holiday season can cause stress and exacerbate existing stress which leaves many, including teenagers, vulnerable to holiday depression. By the time they reach their teen years, your child has obligations to friends and family that they feel responsible for – […]

The Importance of Teaching Tolerance to Teens

Young children typically have an easy time accepting diversity when they’re exposed to it. Teens can be a different story, and there are a couple of reasons why teens may be less accepting of parents teaching tolerance importance. For one thing, adolescence can sometimes lend itself to what can seem to parents like a state […]