11 Rules for Texting with Teens

Texting contract for you and your teens Maybe you cringe when you see your tween or teen working the keyboard of her cell phone. It seems like she is in constant motion.  Or maybe you're in awe that your son is a master of multi-tasking -- tcarrying on a conversation with you, actually responding...Learn More »

6 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Teens Talking

communicating with your teens I remember the conversations that I had with my teen daughter. Some of them were so easy and fun and others were much more difficult. Some of our best conversations seemed to happen when we shared photos of ourselves at similar ages. "Look Amanda--I would say--here I am at the...Learn More »

Secrets to Thawing a Teen’s Cold Shoulder

Parenting advice to open up communication, rebuild a relationship with your teen or know what to do when your son or daughter starts to pull away and give you the cold shoulder Let’s face it: teens really are a different species –and for a variety of reasons. Raging hormones, stress, sleep deprivation, growth spurts,...Learn More »

Preventing Teen Drinking and Driving

Parenting tips I shared on DATELINE and TODAY Show Join Natalie Morales and myself Monday at 9am PT/12 pm ET for a live chat about these tips. Go to Google “Hangout” Dateline – and join the chat.  Giving your kids the keys to a car is one of the scariest moments of parenthood. “Will...Learn More »

Four Ways to Connect to Your Teen

As the lives of our growing teens become more demanding and involved, they move further away from the family routine of their childhood. Being excited about mom’s help in school, play dates and the general support that parents provide to young children fade as they progress through their teen years and become more dependent...Learn More »

Teens and Independence

I often hear parents say they wish they had a manual on how to raise caring kids. Of course, there are many including the work of Dr. Michele Borba, who is one of the leading experts on nurturing character in kids. After reviewing hundreds of articles, book excerpts, interviews etc. from many of today's...Learn More »

Choosing Safe Activities for Teens Online

According to Department of Labor statistics from 2002, mothers stay home while fathers go to work in 23.2 percent of American families. Only about a quarter of those mothers who stay home while the father works have children between the ages of 14 and 17. Yet there is a growing amount of research that...Learn More »

Helping Teens with Homework: When to Step In

I have two teenage daughter who make everyday a magical experience. Yes there are the normal issues revolving around raising teenagers...hormones, the growing need for independence, and other typical teen issues. However, the area we struggle with the most is homework. Its hard to know when to step in and when to let them...Learn More »

The Truth About Tired Teens: Why Parents and Teens Fight Over Sleep

As the mother of two teenage daughters, I struggle daily with the reality that they don't go to bed at what I would consider an early hour. I know they are up late into the night and it just seems like they are not getting the sleep they need.  Parenting expert Jody Pawel, President...Learn More »

Hire a Pal: 5 Reasons to Consider a Virtual Sitter or Mentor for Your Teen

Statistics show that the hours right after school are the times when teens get into the most trouble. Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice reports that teens commit serious crimes mostly between the unsupervised hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. No responsible parent would leave a small child home alone. However, once kids...Learn More »

What You Need to Know When Your Teens and Tweens Put Up a Fight

Sharon M. Rivkin, M.F.T. www.sharonrivkin.com Never forget that our children are not our enemies.  They need our guidance, support, and a feeling that we’re on their side…even when they’re wrong!  Many parents do not understand the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with their teen or tween no matter what.  NO fight...Learn More »

Five Strategies for Coping with Teen Behavior

As the mom of two wonderful daughters I have to say I am overjoyed at the lovely, caring people they are becoming. As they now enter the teen years I also have to stand back and come to grips with what every parent at this stage has to come to grips with…they are growing...Learn More »