Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Taking a new cut at parenting a teen
Basically they are looking for attention--and maybe some of that could be a curfew. Fight that one out during high school. Baby steps.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital had some tips for getting kids of all ages ready for the school year.
They say teens like positive reinforcement. Praise, yes, but I find money is also useful and welcomed.
Help teens become organized--buy a daily planner. Or get them to teach you to use the planner on their phone--that way you will know they know how.
Encourage an extracurricular sport or activity. They can meet people, get exercise.
Each year is a new beginning--even if the last year was rough, it's a chance to reset.
Ask what is happening in their lives--make sure they have to talk and it's not a yes or no question.
Be a little suspicious--could messages from school get erased from your machine, do you really know what's going on.
Some parents go to the kids' Facebook pages. My kid had no interest in FB--but what do you think of this?