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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrate Your Teen’s Graduation

We’re entering the month of graduations. Celebrate the graduate in your life this year. Whether your teen is graduating high school and moving off to college or a good friend is finishing college, every graduation is an exciting event. Graduation marks the end of one phase and the beginning of a new one. Honor the graduate’s hard work and dedication and help them get ready for the future by picking out a thoughtful gift. We put together a list of interesting graduation gifts to help you find the right one. 1. Money! You remember finishing school and thinking about the future… The first thing on your wish list was probably cash. Things haven’t changed much! Show your graduate you understand by giving cash or gift cards. Make a gift of money fun by wrapping it in an interesting way. Or, purchase gift cards with a theme. Find a gift card for a clothing store or a household store nearby so they can get ready for a dorm or new apartment. ... read more

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