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Yearly Archives: 2012

Home for the Holidays: Welcoming Your Teens Home From College

Are you anxiously awaiting the arrival of your child from college for the winter break? You may envision your whole family around the Christmas tree living out old family traditions. Your excitement is natural, but we want to help you prepare for your college-aged child’s return and their stay at home. Your whole family is looking forward to a break for different reasons. Remember that even though the whole family is back together, life won’t be the same as it was before your teen went off to college. Realizing this will help you embrace the changes and enjoy the time you have together. Most parents and their college-aged children struggle with house rules while teens are home for break. Instead of causing tension, shift your perception. Your teens are learning to be adults- like you. So, in a home with multiple adults, negotiate new understandings that work for both of you. You are still the leaders of your home, and your children can respect your position by ... read more

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Parenting

Teach Teens Generosity this Holiday Season

The holiday season gives us, as parents, the chance to show our children what generosity means. This season, help your teens develop a generous attitude by involving the whole family in volunteer and donation opportunities. Make use of the many opportunities for charitable giving this holiday season by involving the whole family in volunteering and donation decisions. Children and teenagers are more likely to be interested in a cause that they have helped choose. Take time to ask your whole family for ideas about where to spend the day volunteering or which local cause to support. Your child may have no interest in serving the homeless at a local soup kitchen, but don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your child is heartless. Remember, just like us, our children have specific passions. So, your child is not into preparing food, but he or she might love art. Consider local organizations that support art programs for young children, and your child’s interest in the proj ... read more

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Parenting

Holiday Season is Time to Teach Teens to Manage Money

Your family has a full calendar for the next month. When, you may ask, is there time to fit in money management lessons for my teens?! Yes, this season is busy, and we typically spend more money than normal this time of year. We must plan carefully to stay on track, so why not help teens practice handling money and build their skills? An effective way to prepare your children for the future is to let them handle small amounts of money. Children are more likely to learn lessons by managing real money than by sitting opposite you at the kitchen table and listening to your tips. This holiday season, encourage teens to budget with the money they have earned or saved. The truly best way to instill financial knowledge is to model good money management. Just as your children pick up your other habits, they are also likely to mimic the way you handle money. Involve your teenagers in the planning process for holiday spending- show them your budget, share the way you mak ... read more

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Parenting

Prepare your Teen Drivers for Winter Driving

We’ve turned the calendar page to the last month of the year, the holiday season is in full swing, and soon the weather conditions will make sure we know it is winter. You know that winter weather drastically changes the driving conditions, but how will you protect your teen drivers this winter? Driving in winter is not the same is driving in the warm summer months. Even though snow, ice, and sleet make road conditions dangerous, some people never change their driving habits. This can be dangerous. Drivers must prepare to drive carefully in the coming months to protect themselves and others on the road. Review these tips for navigating the roads in the coming months, and teach your teen drivers to be cautious this winter. Don’t use cruise control Cruise control is often a convenient feature, but it gives drivers a slower reaction time in wintry conditions. It is better to keep the speed under your control so you can react to icy roads and unexpected cha ... read more

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Parenting

Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

“Be Safe! No texting and driving!” Something similar to this phrase is shouted in homes across the country as teens grab the car keys and step out the door. What advice do you give your teens about driving? Do you remind them not to use their phones and not to drive after drinking alcohol? These are great and necessary reminders for teen drivers. However, there is another major risk that you may forget. Teen drivers are susceptible to dangers caused by drowsiness. Teens are already at greater risk of causing car accidents than other age groups. A recent study completed by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 1 out of every 7 drivers between the age of 16 and 24 admitted to falling asleep at least once while driving in the last year. Teens have the highest rate of drowsy driving among all age groups. The symptoms of drowsy driving include yawning often and difficulty keeping one’s eyes open. Driving when fatigued is comparable to driving wh ... read more

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Driver Safety

Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Teaching teens to drive safely and obey the rules of the road is not always an easy task. Just like many older adults, teens must deal with distractions every time they are on the road. Teens also face added pressure of drinking and driving. Helping teens drive safely may be easier with the help of technology. There are several new devices and features to help parents encourage their tech-savvy teens to make smart driving decisions. Check out some of these new and developing technologies. Mobile Apps – There are plenty of phone apps developed for encouraging safe driving habits and discouraging the use of phones while driving. Here are a few: -DriveScribe – DriveScribe was developed to encourage safe driving by tracking performance and offering rewards for good habits. The app is used every time your teen gets behind the wheel. It blocks calls and messages, sends audible reminders, and alerts ... read more

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Driver Safety

Time Management Tips for Teens

Time Management Tips for Teens

This is a busy time of year for many teenagers. Classes are in full swing and many high schoolers are facing finals in the next month. Students are often counting down to holiday breaks. With the hectic schedules, it is the perfect time to teach time management skills to your teenagers. Helping them improve their use of time will help them complete their responsibilities, feel less anxious, and more confident. Here are some ways to promote strong time management skills for your teenagers. Model good time management skills When you exhibit a balanced lifestyle, your children will notice. They tend to pick up your habits, so be sure to plan your time wisely. Show your teens that organizing your tasks allows you to focus on your priorities and gives you free time to spend as you please. Help them organize their main areas Teenagers typically despise being told to make their beds or tidy up their rooms. However, we know that cl ... read more

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Parenting

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Teens

Halloween is one holiday that can be either incredibly innocent and fun or completely reckless and dangerous, especially for teenagers. Once kids have outgrown the trick-or-treating days of dressing up like their favorite cartoon characters, they often develop a spirit of adventure that leads them into trouble on the most famous night for pranks, stunts and general mayhem. Thus, when it comes to making sure their teens stay safe on October 31, it’s important to talk with them about the evening and what it will entail. First, it’s important that parents know the details of their teen’s evening including where they will be and when, who will be with them and how they can be reached. Other details including the presence of alcohol and method of transportation are also key. Parents, it’s your right and responsibility to establish rules for and with your teen in order to ensure their safety, so don’t be afraid to put your foot down if you feel uncomfortable with any situati ... read more

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Customer Service

Model Behavior: How Parents Influence Their Teens’ Driving Habits

Last month, a new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) revealed alarming details regarding just how influential a parent’s driving habits are when it comes to the way teenage drivers handle themselves behind the wheel. According to the survey, which polled 1,700 teens from across the nation, parents are engaging in poor and risky driving habits while their teens are in the car and doing far more than just putting their families at risk. With behaviors ranging from texting to speeding to driving while intoxicated, parents are setting poor examples for their teenage drivers, who are proving to repeat the actions of their parents in nearly equal amounts. Not surprisingly, the most common destructive driving behavior modeled by parents was talki ... read more

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Driver Safety

Driving at Night: Tips to Keep You Safe After Dark

Here in Illinois, fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing colors, football highlights dominate the evening sports broadcast, temperatures are falling and both Cubs and White Sox fans are saying, “Maybe next year.” It’s a beautiful time of year for family gatherings, outdoor events and cozy nights, especially with the sun setting earlier every day. As the days shorten, though, motorists are also discovering that they have to spend more time driving while it’s dark. And for many folks—young and old—it means added anxiety behind the wheel and an increased probability for accidents. Statistics show that despite 60 percent less traffic on the road roughly half of all fatal car accidents happen at night with a fatality rate per mile of travel about three times higher than during the daytime hours. Some of the reasons for these accidents include decreased visibility and perception, higher numbers of drunk and drowsy drivers on the road, and a greater number of motorists wi ... read more

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Auto Safety
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