August 26, 2022
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✅ Tips for a constructive conversation with a disrespectful teenager.
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✋ If you’re parenting a teen, steer clear of these parenting woes.
🏊 When parenting seems too stressful, it’s possible to still keep your head above water.
🍺 Talk to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking.
tips & tricks for growth
control the media use in your home
Dopamine controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. When kids are on their screens, they get an instant dopamine rush from likes on social media, gaming, etc. The “dopamine feedback loop” becomes activated and a craving sets in. The bad news is that school and other “less-exciting” things can’t compete with the novelty offered by screens 24/7.
Reading is the first activity to go when screens are present, and it is the number one predictor of academic success. Sleep is another critical piece. Screen habits make it hard for teens to get the required 9.25 hours of sleep each night.
With this in mind, try to do the following to limit media use:
📱 Delay access to smartphones and video games.
This allows more time for a child to mature so that he or she can use technology wisely. “No” for now doesn’t mean “no” forever. Social media and today’s video games are very addictive.
📱 Follow your family’s accounts and co-view their screen activities.
Nothing is private in the digital world, so your child/teen’s digital activity should not be private to you. Know exactly what they are doing on their screens.
📱 Foster face-to-face social interactions.
Social media is not designed for kids. Try a family social media account managed by you on a home laptop in plain view.
📱Spend more non-tech time together.
Teens with strong family attachments show more overall happiness and success.
📱Help your kids choose and plan healthier forms of entertainment-
they need your help. Don’t give the smartphone and video games all the power in your home.
make a point to teach your teen healthy dating habits
How do you know if your teen has a healthy understanding of dating, how to get to know someone, and will exercise healthy dating habits? Here’s a little quiz for your teen to pass before they start dating that will also provide you as a parent with some great talking points.
1. What is the purpose of dating?
2. How long does it take to really get to know someone?
3. Your main goal in a dating relationship should be:
4. If there isn’t anybody in your life you’re truly interested in dating…
5. The best qualities or traits that you bring into dating are your…
6. “Red Flags” in a dating relationship would include…
You can help them get the fundamentals of dating so that dating is a healthy part of their teenage years that helps prepare them for adulthood. Trust me, you’ve got this!
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come fromTamara Slocum, our Creative Strategist. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Bobby, since 2012 and together they have 3 amazing girls (6 yrs old and under!) Whew. 😅 She’s got her hands full and still took the time to give her recommendations because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out:
📖 Read: The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) Love detective, murder mystery, suspense novels? Then you’ll totally stan this series! Start with the first book of the series: The Cuckoo’s Callingand go from there. The sixth book of the series, The Ink Black Heart, is launching on Aug 30th and you better believe I’ve got it pre-ordered! (There’s also a BBC miniseries based off of it called C.B. Strike on HBO Max… highly recommend as well!)
🌱 Wanna learn how to eat cleaner? Follow @wakeupandreadthelabels on IG – and rethink all of your life choices. (JK, but seriously…) If you’re like me and have tried eating healthier, plant-based foods but you’re still feeling tired and bloated all the time… there’s a reason. It’s called “greenwashing” and Food Coach Jen Smiley breaks down why most so-called healthy foods (aka gluten-free, dairy-free, etc) are actually still causing inflammation in your body. NO bueno! Learn how to read labels so you can eat clean and feel better.
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