10 Things to Tell Your Teen about Emotional Boundaries

August 9th, 2013

For teens, there is great pressure to fit in and be liked, which can lead to reckless behavior that could hurt them emotionally or physically. Sit down with your teen and tell them these ten things about healthy emotional boundaries.

1. Share With Care

Telling the wrong things to the wrong people can result in being taken advantage of physically or emotionally.

2. Open Up Slowly

Many teens are eager to open up to acquaintances right away, which can invite attention from obsessive, controlling or aggressive people.

3. Say What You Want

Reluctance to voice personal Read the rest of this entry »

10 Things to Tell Your Teen about Drinking

June 3rd, 2013

10 Things To Tell Your Teen About Drinking

Every parent has to face the fact that their child will explore drug use and drinking with or without their approval. However, you do not have to condone drug use, but you should make your child feel comfortable to call you in a dangerous situation. This is the main difference between protecting your child’s safety and putting them in harm’s way. Essentially, a teen is going to be a teen, but a parent has the responsibility to be there for Read the rest of this entry »

Talking to Teenagers about Boundaries: A Primer

June 1st, 2013

Teenagers are often fearless and believe that they are invincible. They lack the forethought to realize that their actions today could greatly impact their futures. Because they lack the maturity and wisdom to take needed precautions regarding their personal safety, parents may need to teach their teenagers about boundaries. Some teens are too trusting and do not approach situations with the appropriate amount of caution. These teenagers need to be taught how to protect themselves from harm.

With more teenagers living most of their lives online, they are more prone to predators who use the Internet to Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Amber Alert

May 31st, 2013

The Amber Alert is a system that uses the media and technology to distribute details about a missing person. Children who have gone missing make up the greatest percentage of Amber Alerts, but people still do not know much about this extremely useful method of recovering those who are lost, kidnapped, or otherwise in danger. Below are five things that you never knew about the Amber Alert.

1. There have been 641 people found by using the system. Media outlets and social networking have made recovering missing children easier than ever before.

2. Amber Alerts can deter would-be predators from attempting to Read the rest of this entry »

Good Touch, Bad Touch: How to Talk about Boundaries

May 30th, 2013

One of the most difficult jobs that we face as parents is how to talk with our children about how they should handle situations that may be dangerous for them. For instance, you may be wondering how to talk with your children about the possible dangers that they face from strangers but are afraid to frighten them. Nonetheless, these conversations need to take place for the sake of the personal safety of your children. If you are having a difficult time trying to figure out how to initiate a discussion about potentially dangerous strangers, you should research various Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Talking to Your Toddler about Strangers

May 28th, 2013

Ten tips for talking to toddlers about strangers:

1. Use rhyming words like, “Stranger Danger” with young children; these will stick in your small child’s mind faster than more complicated language.

2. Allow children to watch appropriate programming on dealing with strangers; lessons like these are invaluable.

3. Find out if your child’s preschool program includes education on strangers; sometimes it is best to let professionals teach kids how to deal with strangers.

4. Have friends help you role play situations involving strangers; kids who have practiced responding to strangers correctly are Read the rest of this entry »