Hi, my name is Anna, and I'm 16. Not for the first time this summer, my mom recently brought up the upcoming school year. It's my junior year, so it's important that colleges I'm interested in see my full potential. I know this, as does she. But she keeps repeating it- over, and over, and over. And to be totally honest, the more she tells me that I need to do well, the less I want to. I don't know why. It's probably just because that's how my mind works. I do know that I'm not the only teen like this though, so I'm hoping I can give parents of other teens some advice as to how to make sure that the message gets across, without it backfiring.
When your kids are little, you tell them what's right and what's wrong, and you tell them as many times as it takes for them to learn. However, the same strategy shouldn't be applied to teenagers. We know right from wrong, and we understand words and we know what you're saying. After the tenth time of you telling us something though, we start to
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- Anna | Parenting – Fri, Aug 3, 2012 1:09 PM EDT
Hi, my name is Anna, and I'm 16. Not for the first time this summer, my mom recently brought up the upcoming school year. It's my junior year, so it's important that colleges I'm interested in see my full potential. I know this, as does she. But she keeps repeating it- over, and over, and over. And to be totally honest, the more she tells me that I need to do well, the less I want to. I don't know why. It's probably just because that's how my mind works. I do know that I'm not the only teen like this though, so I'm hoping I can give parents of other teens some advice as to how to make sure that the message gets across, without it backfiring.Read More »from Parents-- Repeating Yourself to Your Teens May Not Be Doing Any Good
- Anna | Parenting – Sun, Oct 9, 2011 12:12 AM EDT
A little about me: I'm a fifteen year old girl, I'm into music, I don't do drugs, drink or smoke, I don't have any health issues, and I'm a good student/daughter. However, unlike the rest of the kids in my school I don't date, and I have no interest in dating. There must be other teens like me out there, so I am writing this article in hopes of explaining to parents why their child may not be dating, and why it's no reason to be concerned.Read More »from I'm a teen, and I'm not dating: Why it's okay and dealing with pressure from family about it
I'm not lesbian or bisexual. Nor am I shy, nor do I have self esteem issues. So why don't I date? I've been asked out before by attractive guys that I'm sure I would have been compatible with, but I just don't want to deal with the added stress of dating. Yes, dating is something that should be experienced, but I don't understand what the rush is. Eight years old is too young, but suddenly once you're in high school it's considered abnormal to not want to date! I don't get it. Personally, I don't like having things in my life dependent on what goes
- Anna | Parenting – Sat, Feb 26, 2011 2:02 AM EST
Okay, so I am going to start out by saying to all of you parents- I am not questioning your judgement in any way. I am simple stating my opinion on this matter, and hopefully I can help some of you come to an agreement with your teen over their potential or existing Facebook accounts.Read More »from The Eternal Facebook Debate- A (Responsible) Teenager's Point Of View
Facebook is one of those things that from what I see, almost every teenager desires to have. It can be a great way for children and their parents to connect with friends and family. However, you are putting personal information out there to the public, which is dangerous. I am 14, and I no longer have a Facebook account, because my mother has deemed it unnecessary. "What on earth do you need a Facebook for? You see your friends every day!"
I have many friends who are on traveling sports teams, who I don't have classes with, and who have different daily schedules than I do. I also have 3 friends who have moved recently, one of them whom I was very close to. Facebook can be a great way for us to stay on
- Anna | Parenting – Sat, Jan 1, 2011 5:58 AM EST
Hello, my name is Anna, and I'm a teen. Every week I see posts on here about parenting, and how to "deal" with teens. The problem is that these posts are all written by adults. I'm not saying that they don't know what they're talking about -- most of the time they do -- but I thought it would be nice and beneficial to parents to hear the flat-out truth from a teenager.Read More »from User post: Parenting -- Things every parent needs to hear from a teen's point of view
Number 1: Don't assume. I'm a teen, yes, but that does NOT mean that I'm doing drugs, drinking alcohol, and/or having sex like crazy! I'm not doing any of those. Not every teen is like me, I know that for sure, but there are plenty that are like me, and that have no interest in any of those things I mentioned above! If you think that there is a problem, or that we're endangering ourselves, just ask! Not every teen is going to tell you the truth, but they will be more likely to talk to you about things if they know that you trust them. Also, when you assume that we're doing drugs, drinking, or having sex when we really