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Your Teen’s Potential

A French artillery officer invented "night writing" —it was a form of reading by touching raised dots on a page so soldiers could understand written orders without lighting a lantern and risk getting shot. A 13-year-old blind teenager heard about it and pleaded with the officer to make this concept available to the blind. The officer refused, but the teen persevered and simplified the process himself. You may have...
Sep 22, 2011 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

5 Reasons Your Child Should Work

Many parents insist their children should not work at all. The reason? Their kid's "job" is to focus on school, sports and other activities, they say. Well, that sounds good in theory, but not in practice. All children should do some manual labor either inside or outside the home. Here are 5 reasons your child should work. First, we were all created to work and work is good. Second, work is necessary for...
Sep 02, 2011 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

The 7 Marks of Maturity

When they can demonstrate maturity. That can be a tricky thing to pinpoint these days. Your teen may look like an adult physically, but emotionally still be child-like. You can't stand Tommy up against a door jamb and mark his emotional growth like you measured his height. Instead, you have to look for other marks to see growing maturity. Leadership expert, Dr. Tim Elmore has compiled a list of 7 Marks of...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Teens and Depression

The teen years can bring some tough emotional struggles. Most kids want to be popular and well-liked. If that doesn't happen, they can turn inward and withdraw into depression, or they can vent outward and do harm to themselves or others. What can you do? Well, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence says that religious worship significantly reduces depression among teenagers. It gets kids connected to something...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Four Cs for Communicating with Your Teen

Just remember the four Cs. First, check your emotions. Before you speak to your teen, make sure you're in a state of mind that's calm rather than emotional. Second, be confident that what you are saying is in their best interest, not just yours. Third, be clear in what you tell them, ask them to do, or not do… don't beat around the bush. Fourth, be concise in what you say. Don't repeat yourself over and over...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers



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