Sending your 18 year old off to college can be a daunting experience for both the parent and the child. All parents want to have that last pre-freshman year conversation full of encouragement and warnings. That conversation is important because it can assist in making the college experience productive, fun, and worthwhile. Here is some advice to help you send your child off to college.
Professor Lisa C. Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law School, she is Director of Externship Programs and has taught the Prosecutors Clinic, the Family Law Violence Project and Innovations...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
What messages are today’s teenagers hearing? Are they messages of support and encouragement from adults--or threats from society? Keep in mind that today’s world is much more complicated and stressful than it was 30 years ago. Teens are constantly judged or measured to a standard in school. Every ball game they play becomes a measurement of whether they will be successful in sports. They are told if they do not make perfect grades and get into a great college, they will not have a bright future. Teens are constantly being expected to do more and more--and it never seems to be enough.
Since 2001, Tom Krause's reputation has continued to grow on the motivational speaking & training facilitator circuit. Tom currently presents for hundreds of clients nationwide and overseas. Standing ovations are the norm as audiences spontaneou...View Full Profile
The media is full of celebrities going to rehab--or going back to rehab. It is obvious that drugs affect all socioeconomic levels, so how do we protect our kids? If you want to change a teen’s attraction to something, unearth the underlying belief about how the object of their attraction will help them. Will it make them more popular or edgy? Show them how to get a better result with a different choice by trying it first. Then leave the change up to them. If it is their idea, there is a far better chance that they will stick with that decision.
With 22 years of parenting experience and a certified life coach specializing in parent and teen coaching, Terri Fedonczak wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good. On a trip to South Africa, ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
More than 90 percent of all individuals who become addicted to drugs and alcohol start using under the age of 18, making adolescence the primary period of risk and onset. Those who start using under the age of 15 are much more likely than those who start over the age of 18 to become addicted to cigarettes (1.5 times), alcohol (2 times) and marijuana (6 times).
Dr. Michael Dennis is a Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director in Chestnut Health Systems Bloomington/Normal Office. He has led over a dozen randomized trials to evaluate the most effective and cost effective ways to...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Addiction and substance use/abuse is an extremely complex problem. While there are no specific rules on how to manage it within your home, developing an addiction prevention family plan for teenagers is critical.
Sandy Enders, MS, SYC, MA, teaches in the Social & Behavioral Sciences department at Central Texas College and Housatonic Community College. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and son, Adam, who the two adopted at birth from Guatem...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Every parent knows that parenting is not easy. In fact, sometimes it is extremely difficult. Add drugs and alcohol into the mix--and the job is even harder. Most parents (or school/courts) will be able to convince their son or daughter to enter treatment and will breathe a sigh of relief.
Sarah Nerad is a young person in long-term recovery since 2007. She has made it her life purpose to create the same opportunities that she had to enter and sustain recovery for young people across the country. Sarah was one of the founding membe...View Full Profile
College is an exciting time for your high school graduate. And of course, you are thrilled that your teenager is heading off to get a higher education. But if you are like most moms—even dads!—you feel some trepidation mixed with pride.
Your life, as well as your teen’s, is about to undergo a huge change. Going away to college means letting go of the sense of control you once had over your “baby’s” schedule. It also means no more meals together and no more church on Sundays.
For the last twenty years Mariela has devoted her enormous energy to empowering Latino students, women and professionals to succeed in the United States. She has authored several award-winning, best-selling books: Find Your Inner Red Shoes:...View Full Profile
Parenting adolescents is a tricky business for anyone. Add substance abuse into the equation and the stakes get higher and terrain more difficult to navigate. Although there is no magic solution for parents who have kids abusing substances, there are some guidelines that have been proven to be more effective for dealing with this difficult issue. The following advice is adapted from the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), developed by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.
Mr. Serna is an international trainer and consultant in addictions and mental health issues. He has trained and consulted with counselors, social workers and doctors in the US, the UK and Australia. He has been working with the Community Reinfor...View Full Profile
Technology is ever-changing and has many beneficial components; however, with the changes in technology, we are seeing the rise of crimes that come along with it, such as sexting. Parents need to know what sexting is, and how to make sure their kids aren’t involved.
Former Director of Internet Safety for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police, Katie LeClerc Greer travels the country educating students, parents, administrators and law enforceme...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
The availability of information through the internet and social media can be extremely useful. However, sometimes it can make problem situations even more challenging. When it comes to drugs, their use, availability and social acceptance, this information can be misused and create significant challenges for parents and their children.
FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST (MFT 34495) Dr. Grosso is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience assisting individuals and families struggling with issues such as addiction, depression, trauma, and all levels of psychiatr...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Teenagers. We often think of them as foreign beings—similar to Martians—especially when we are trying to communicate with them. We ask them to clean their rooms, and we get an eye roll and a sigh. We tell them that we love them, and we get a shoulder shrug. We ask them about their day, and we get a response of "fine." We ask them to spend time with us, but they would rather hang out in their room with the door closed. Then one day, we inadvertently hit a raw nerve by asking whom they are hanging out with that particular evening.
Kendra Silver: I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Sociology and my Master's of Science in Human Services specializing in Marital, Couple, Family Counseling/Therapy in 2010 from Capella University....View Full Profile
Teenage dating can cause a great deal of stress for parents. When your daughter begins dating, there are many things to worry about. As a result, parents tend to overlook the numerous opportunities they have for helping their daughter through this exciting time, as well as encouraging her to build healthy relationships.
Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
We are presently witnessing the highest number of adolescents in American history who are suffering from addiction. No parent wants their child to become an addict or alcoholic, and it is possible to prevent this. There are steps you can take to provide them with the best chance to avoid the trap that is substance use disorder.
Janina Kean is an internationally recognized expert and spokesperson in the field of substance abuse. Since joining High Watch in 1998, Ms. Kean has elevated the status of the facility, renowned as the world’s first to use the 12 Step principles...View Full Profile
While most parents want their children to attend college, many are unsure how to help their kids find and apply to schools. This article provides advice on how parents can offer their kids assistance and guidance with the complicated college search and admissions process.
Sara has helped hundreds of students with the college search and admissions process. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. Before becoming an...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Does this scenario sound familiar? Early one morning, you and your preteen son are going through your morning routines, just like you have on hundreds of mornings before. You put down your newspaper and remind your son that you will be leaving in five minutes, when a very disrespectful response comes from his room. While the uncharacteristic nature of his response should have been alerting, you unfortunately react in a harsh, overly-authoritarian manner.
Craig A. Knippenberg has provided group and family therapy for over 30 years. In addition to his clinical experience, he is the founder of AdventureDad.org, a website and blog dedicated to helping Dad’s connect with their kids. He was also re...View Full Profile
Lets face it, having to deal with an angry child is not something most parents look forward to in their job description. There is certainly going to be challenges in addressing it. The important consideration to keep in mind when addressing teenage anger issues is how you, as a parent, approach it. In teenage years it is not unusual for a teenager to need master emotions, especially anger. Parent’s need to help their children master this emotion. If this behavior is allowed to continue, in most cases it will not go away.
Mark Myers received his Master of Social Work Degree from Loyola University. He has been practicing in the helping profession for over 20 years. He is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles