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4 Tips for Reaching Out to Your Teen


Jennifer McGregor


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The teenage years are some of the most complicated for our children. Bodily changes, hormonal swings, and new feelings all make it an important time for your child to have your support. Teens often either donít know how to talk to you or even may not initially want to, so most of the responsibility will fall on you as a parent. Here are a few things to keep in mind when reaching out to your teen.

1. Keep an eye on self-esteem

Self-esteem can be a particularly tricky issue for teens, especially girls. Make sure she always knows youíre proud of her, win or lose, succeed or fail. Negative self-image can cause depression and eating disorders, so talk to her about the pressures she might be feeling to look, eat, or dress a certain way. Pay attention to how she carries herself ó does she walk tall, or does she keep her head down most of the time? Give her a sincere compliment whenever you get the chance, even if itís something you think she knows. A simple, ďYouíve been doing really excellent in school this term, way to go!Ē can make all the difference to a teen who may feel insecure.

2. Donít let arguments escalate out of control

Realistically, there are going to be a few fights between you and your teen; itís the nature of any important relationship to have a disagreement now and then. As the parent, itís crucial that you maintain control of these situations and donít let them exceed your power. Donít display outwardly aggressive behavior like invading personal space or staring her directly in the eye. Be mindful of your body language ó which can sometimes drown out your words ó as well as the words you use and your tone. Stay calm. If the argument appears to be escalating, tell her you should both take some time to step away and gather yourselves. Once youíve both calmed down the conversation will usually be a lot more productive. Keep in mind that sometimes, a teen (or anyone, for that matter) just needs to vent; it doesnít mean your efforts are wasted or that she wonít open up to you later.

3. Find fun ways to connect

Your relationship with your child should extend past suppertime and morning car rides to school. Just because youíre the parent doesnít mean you canít have fun together, so find entertaining ways to bond. Go to a sports event, see a movie, or have dinner together. You can even be workout partners; take a hike through the woods to get some fresh air or go for a stress-relieving swim at the local health club. She needs to know that you donít just check in when things are obviously wrong, but that youíre always there ó good times and bad.

4. Show appreciation

We all want to feel like what we do matters and our hard work is noticed, so donít assume your child knows how proud and grateful you are. Make it a point to take notice of her good habits ó like how she always does the dishes without asking ó and thank her for them. If sheís a star pupil, donít let her good marks go unnoticed simply because youíre used to them. Celebrate a high exam score with her favorite meal or a day trip somewhere special. If you get an attitude when asking for a favor, sincerely thank her for helping you out and taking time out of her day. Remember, just because she doesnít have a job doesnít mean she doesnít have a hectic workload! Recognizing all that she does can build her self confidence and create a stronger, happier bond between you.

Donít let the isolating teenage behavior create a gap between you and your child. Make the extra effort to reach out to her and be present in her life, and soon sheíll find the courage to come to you on her own.



Healthcare is a HUMAN right issue

The profit motive needs to be remove from the U.S. medical system.  Our healthcare system is broken from greed and from an uninformed public.  Currently, the entire hierarchy of medicine, everyone is making money: from colleges, from the bankers making loans to medical students, medical equipment providers, insurance carriers (liability insurance) and from the attorneys' who sue hospitals and medical professionals.

Christianity supports Healthcare for all.

The Bible clearly states that Christians have a divine responsibility to give of themselves to help the poor and weak. Many Christians already support Health Care reform, but some of the people showing intense animosity to Obama and Health Care Reform are doing so by waving their Bibles in the air and this doesn't make sense. All Christians should care for the sick and needy if they wish to enter the Kingdom of God.

Commentary on Universal Health Care, and the viciousness of the campaign to deny needy people the care they need. Didn't Jesus give us the parable of the Good Samaritan? That seems to be in splendid resonance with the idea of universal coverage.
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