by Joy Burgess

teenager power washing family drivewayUnfortunately today, there are many teens that grow up not having any idea how to handle responsibility. Many parents don't require teens to take responsibility in the home, and so as they become adults, they are not able to deal with responsibility that comes with going to college, getting a job, and taking care of themselves out there in the world. It's important that you teach your teen responsibility, and one of the best ways to do this is to have some chores for your teen to take care of. I can't promise it will be easy, but it will pay off in the long run.

Setting Expectations for Your Teen

First of all, you need to start setting expectations for your teen. This is important. When you come up with expectations that you expect your teen to meet, then you are helping them to succeed at meeting your expectations and other expectations in their lives. You'll find that this is the very first step in learning how they can take care of responsibilities in their lives.

Of course it's very important that you only set up expectations that are appropriate for their age and development. You don't want to set the expectations so high that they are not able to meet them. Come up with clear expectations for your child that you know they can handle. Then let your child know what those expectations are. Hold them responsible for meeting those expectations.

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by Jennifer Shakeel

happy and self-confident young boyThere is something that each and every child is born with and we as parents either help them increase it or totally destroy it. I am talking about self confidence. Take any group of kids, or people, and you are going to find those that have self confidence, those that aren’t to sure, and others that have none. If everyone innately has self confidence what is it that causes some people to be beaming with it and others simply wishing for it. The answer is parents. Believe it or not every interaction you have with your child is either going to encourage/boost their confidence or ruin it.

I say this with caution, because who your child is will also play a large role in how they take those interactions and use them to become the individuals they are, and the individuals they will become. For example, in my family there were three kids. I was the oldest, I have a younger sister and an even younger brother. We were all raised in the same house by the same parents, yet we each became three very different people. With out going into detail, lets just say that some children’s character will allow them to take adversity and use it to build their strengths, and some children will take adversity and succumb to it, give up or believe that they are not strong enough to overcome it.READ More on Weekly Parenting Tips – Building Self Confidence

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by Jennifer Shakeel

self confident and happy boyThere is something that each and every child is born with and we as parents either help them increase it or totally destroy it. I am talking about self confidence. Take any group of kids, or people, and you are going to find those that have self confidence, those that aren’t to sure and others that have none. If everyone innately has self confidence what is it that causes some people to be beaming with it and others simply wishing for it. The answer is parents. Believe it or not everything interaction you have with your child is either going to encourage/boost their confidence or ruin it.

I say this with caution, because who your child is will also play a large role in how they take those interactions and use them to become the individuals they are. For example, in my family there were three kids. I was the oldest, I have a younger sister and an even younger brother. We were all raised in the same house by the same parents, yet we each became three very different people. With out going into detail, lets just say that some children’s character will allow them to take adversity and use it to build their strengths, and some children will take adversity and succumb to it, give up or believe that they are not strong enough to overcome it.

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by Joy Burgess

happy mom with her step daughterBecoming a step parent can be a very difficult transition. One of the hardest things to do in this situation is to figure out what exactly your role should be as the step parent. Do you play the part of a "stand in" parent or are you more of a supportive confidant? It can all be difficult to figure out. Of course it is important that in the beginning you and your spouse take the time to sit down and talk about the relationship with the kids and about what the role should be. However, if you still find yourself floundering around trying to find your feet as a step parent, here are some important ideas that can help you figure out your specific role in the family.

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Weekly Parenting Tips – How to Teach Kids Respect
by Jennifer Shakeel

boy-and-grandfather.jpgRespect is an amazing thing. I believe that respect is something that has to be earned, but I also believe that in order to be respected you have to show respect to others. If you take a look at our youth of today you can’t help but notice that they are the most disrespectful group of children this world has ever seen. Before you start pointing fingers or offering up excuses as to why children are this way I want you to stop and look in the mirror. What are you doing to teach your child/children respect?

I ask this because one of my favorite pastimes is people watching. I don’t mean that in some sick sort of way, I simply mean paying attention to the way people interact with one another and towards one another. This includes children and adults. I believe one problem is that parents do not respect their children and therefore children not only don’t respect their parents, they have no respect for anyone including themselves. Wait, before you get upset, I am not saying that you don’t love your children or that you are a bad parent. I simply saying that maybe parents aren’t paying attention to the way they interact with their kids and that is leading to a severe lack of respect. I am far from a perfect parent, and many times find myself guilty of this also. What is important in my opinion, is that we think more about how we interact with our children, and how our children interact with us and others.

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By Catherine Crawford
 
happy child - it is important to encourage a childs intuitionParents work hard at ensuring their children learn the skills they need to succeed in life. Caught up with the demands of making meals, checking homework, and negotiating sibling rivalry, why add tracking a child's intuition to the list? 
 
The answer is because a child's intuition, also known as the sixth sense, may be much more important in the life of a child than many people realize. Intuition helps alert us to danger, provides guidance in decision making, and even helps us in problem solving by being able to jump quickly to the solution–bypassing rational, linear steps. For these reasons, and so many more, it is crucial to help keep intuition alive in children. If a child's relationship to their intuition is derailed because of judgment from others or fear of looking foolish, it can result in disrupting the clear connection to this inner compass.
 
All children are intuitive, but some are highly intuitive and experience more intuitive messages, or perceptions, with greater frequency than other children. Highly intuitive children often are unusually aware of the needs and feelings of friends, parents, siblings, and pets. They may frequently translate the unspoken needs of younger siblings and pets with striking accuracy and even pick up on the predominant feeling of a group of people as they enter a room. Others may tune into an unspoken family conflict, or tell someone to "be careful" before stumbling into an unknown situation.READ More on Why Supporting Children's Intuition Is Important to Their Success as Adults

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Bored and procrasting teen - learn how to motivate and encourage themAre you a parent who has been trying to determine how to help your teenager overcome procrastination? If so, you may be pleased to know that there are several steps that you can take in order to help encourage proper time management in your teenager’s life. It has been estimated that approximately 90% of all students procrastinate at one point or another. While in his statistic he was highlighting students in college, this is a common figure when it comes to high school students as well. This psychologist was named William Knaus. In this educational time management how-to guide, you will learn about how to help your child overcome the burden of procrastination.

Tip 1 – Recognize It:

The first step to helping your teen overcome the issue of procrastination is to recognize it. You may find that your child knows that they need to do something, such as their homework, but they seem to avoid it altogether. Eventually, it will come to the point where they have very little time left to do what is needed. In turn, this results in a variety of potentially devastating emotions and feelings. These include feeling guilty, feeling as if they are not good enough and even depression in severe cases.

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