Far too often, parents try to skirt over the important issues in life such as alcohol and drugs, growing up, sex and other ‘facts of life,’ by talking around the issues. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot to the imagination for a preteen or teenager.
Nobody wants to be a high school dropout. There is shame and embarrassment that comes along with it. Dropping out is copping out and nobody wants to be considered weak.
Every family is different and although most of us try to talk to our kids about premarital sex and pregnancy few of us seem to be getting it right. With teenage pregnancies on the rise more and more of our daughters have to face becoming parents at a young age.
Overweight teens are three times more likely to experience depression. Often their weight problems began in childhood and by the time they reach their adolescence, they have developed numerous coping and defense mechanisms. They may not even seem interested in reducing their weight.
One day, you are sailing along the preteen freeway at maximum speed, as if nothing could slow you down from raising the perfect child. Then they find an interest in boys or girls.
There have been cases of teen relationships developing and lasting into life long relationships. However, these are very few and very far between. Few relationships, even those that last the duration of high school, can survive the changes brought on by completely growing up—which by the way doesn’t happen at the ripe old age of eighteen.
It’s one of every parent’s nightmares. During a routine cleaning of your child’s room or while borrowing ‘their’ car – you accidentally come across a benign little baggie. Curiosity gets the best of you, and you open it up only to be shocked to find your teen’s stash of drugs.
The signs your teen is using drugs are often more obvious than you think. More often than not, a simple scan of emails, chat rooms, or text messages will give their habits away. If you aren’t sure what some of the sayings or abbreviations stand for, you can easily look them up in urban dictionaries available online.
In many ways, it is preposterous that so many teenagers are asked to make firm decisions about how they want to spend the rest of their life upon high school graduation.
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