Blog: Parenting

How to Address the Cell Phone Issue With Your Teen

I get a lot of comments from teens who have had their cell phones taken away and I hear a lot of concerns from parents about cell phone use. Cell phones are a big part of the modern teen experience.

Even if you are not worried about sexting, cell phones can be a significant distraction from important tasks, school and family time. They can also be a tool for bullying (or a medium through which kids get bullied).

Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal – an interesting perspective in this new age of technology. I think we are all still trying to figure out how to navigate the boundaries (and lack of boundaries) afforded by technology, whether cell phones, tablets or social media.

Let me know what you think about cell phones, privacy and monitoring your teen in a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Four Steps Every Parent of a Teen Needs to Know (and Practice)

(Plus, how to create opportunity for your teen to do better)

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In this Teen Tidbit, Evan shares the four steps every parent of a teen must know in order to be effective. Plus, how to avoid (unknowingly) wrecking self-esteem in your teen and preventing opportunities for them to change their behavior and make better choices.

When your teen asks you to keep a secret…

When your teen asks you to keep a secret…

This month’s Teen Tidbit talks about communication between parents – what to do when your teen asks you not to tell Dad or when you worry about how the other parent will react to what you just caught your teen doing.

The Tidbit also provides parents with some concrete ways to respond to these situations and how to be proactive in your co-parenting relationship so that you know how you want to handle these situations and you and the other co-parent are as much on the same page as possible.

I also refer to the work of Lynne Forrest briefly at the end of this podcast. I first read her article “Three Faces of the Victim” years ago when I worked in Wilderness Therapy. I have been thinking about it lately with families I work with and thought you might find it useful too. You can read about the Victim Triangle on Lynne’s website.

Be the Person You Want Your Teen to Be

Be the Person You Want Your Teen to Be

Hacking the Teen Brain

Many parents dread the teenage years. Just when they need you the most, they rebel and focus on peers.

Does this sound familiar:

Your teen is unmotivated. They are disrespectful. You’re concerned about their friends and worried they’re experimenting with sex and drugs.

If you need help with your teenager and you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or just out of touch with that sweet kid you used to know, this is your opportunity to start fresh.

I’m joining forces with family coach and behavior consultant Jennifer Williams to bring you Hacking the Teen Brain. This course will help you:

  • understand how brain development explains your teen’s behavior
  • have skills to redirect disrespect while teaching important values
  • know how to stay grounded and calm when you most need to
  • help your teen motivate from within (no more nagging necessary!)

For more information and to register, please visit this site.