Keeping Tabs on Teens

Raising teens in today's world can be daunting. They're vulnerable to dangers that lurk around many corners, whether the corner is at home or miles away. Dangers to younger children are mostly centered near home. As children get older, the dangers multiply and become harder to anticipate. Parents often feel helpless because they can't keep up the same level of vigilance as they could when their children were smaller. Teen children cannot be in sight at all moments. With teens, a differ...
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Developing Close Relationships With Our Teens

In an era of increased drug use, teenage pregnancy and youth suicide, it's little wonder that most parents are very concerned about their teens. Very often they ask: "How can I protect my teens from these things?" An important key is to develop close, caring relationships. Teenagers who have close relationships with their parents are less likely to use drugs, abuse alcohol or become pregnant out of wedlock. These teens are more likely to adopt the beliefs and values of their parents. Teen...
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Helping Teens Avoid Risky Behavior

Parenting is a sacred and honorable duty. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that parents have the sacred duty of rearing their children in love and righteousness. This includes guiding adolescents away from risky behaviors. Risk Behaviors Three common risk behaviors parents worry about among their teens are sexual activity, delinquency, and substance use. Participating in these behaviors can lead to a number of poor outcomes in the later years. Unfortunately, the media hav...
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Mealtime Matters

"What's for dinner?" Johnny says to his mom as he comes running into the house, home late from soccer practice and about to be late to piano lessons. He grabs a bag of chips and some fruit snacks from the pantry and begins eating on his way to the shower. Dad hasn't arrived from work, and the other kids recently finished their snack of graham crackers and chocolate milk. Now they say they aren't hungry. Mom sits down on the sofa with her microwave dinner and turns on her favorite TV show. Wh...
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Family Strengths – Communication

Strong families communicate. They take time to talk and listen to one another. They share their hopes and dreams, feelings and concerns. They take the time to listen and respond to what others have to say. Research shows that good communication in families is vital. In one national study, strong parent-child communication was associated with fewer behavioral problems, higher ratings in school citizenship, and less depression and drug use. Communication problems-especially unresolved confl...
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Strengthening Interfaith Marriage

For many couples religion unifies and strengthens their marriage. For others, it tears them apart. When individuals from two different religions marry, they sometimes begin a lifetime of disagreements that can be devastating to the sacred union of marriage. Religion is a very important part of many people's lives. A study done in the United States showed that 89% of happily married couples agreed on how spiritual values and beliefs are expressed. Even couples who attend services in differ...
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