Does Your Teen Have a “Finsta”?

Do you know if your teen has a Finsta? If you’re not familiar with the word, “Finsta” may sound like a brand name or a new type of e-cigarette. But it’s just an Instagram account – a fake Instagram account. Teens make Finstas using a false name – often using an altered version of their […]

Here’s How to Become a Mindful Parent

A mindful parent is the practice of being present in the moment and thinking before you react. That can be especially hard when you’re parenting. It’s not that you ever want to react irrationally or out of anger. But you’re dealing with a lot every day, and children have a way of pushing your hot […]

Here’s How to Practice Mindful Parenting

Parents often have idealized visions of how to be the best parents they can possibly be. You remember the flaws (real or perceived) in your own parents’ treatment of you growing up, or you observe where parents around you are struggling with their own children, and you resolve to do better with your own children. […]

What to Do If You Have a Rebellious Teen

Parenting a rebellious teen can be incredibly frustrating. You’re stuck dealing with the fallout from their behavior, and you may end up receiving criticism and condemnation from people within your own support system who blame you for your teen’s behavior. You may also feel responsible. The negative impacts that your teen’s behavior has on your […]

4 Signs That Your Teenager Smokes Pot

When it comes to drug use among teens, marijuana is probably the most commonly chosen drug. It’s affordable and readily accessible to teenagers, and as the laws and cultural mores around marijuana use continue to change, more and more teenagers begin to see it as an option for them. For parents, it’s important to know […]

Tips for Dealing with a Lying Teen

If you are the parent of a teen, you have likely had at least a few experiences where your child has lied to you at some point. All humans lie at times, and teenagers are prone to lying for various reasons. The good news is that telling untruths does not make someone a bad person […]

Reactive Attachment Disorder: Causes and Symptoms

Children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years that were subjected to neglect or abuse as an infant or toddler may suffer from reactive attachment disorder, commonly abbreviated as RAD. This is most common in children that live in an orphanage, are constantly exposed to different foster homes, or live with parents that […]

Is Your Teen Lying to You?

Think back to when you were a teenager and try to remember whether you were always completely truthful with your parents. The answer is probably no. While parents want their teens to tell the truth, the fact is that most teens will stretch the truth occasionally, while others will tell bigger lies at times. In […]

How to Deal With a Rebellious Teenager

As teens try to figure out who they are and their place in life, they can become rebellious. Your once sweet, loving child can suddenly feel like a stranger. You might deal with serious mood swings, rule-breaking, risk behaviors, and various manifestations of a rebellious teenager toward any authority that you or others have. While […]

7 Ways to Help Your Teen Maintain Sobriety

Teens today face a tremendous amount of stress, causing some of them to turn to drugs or alcohol. Even teens that aren’t exceptionally overwhelmed might try drugs because they want to experiment or because they feel pressured to do so. This can not only be scary and stressful for parents but it can also cause […]