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In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a rev…

  • By GalTime Teen Expert Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

    Are you guilty of being a helicopter parent?

    Are you guilty of being a helicopter parent?

    letting go of your college bound teen

    Sending your first teen off to college is both exciting and anxiety provoking. As a parent there is much pride and joy associated with the experience.

    Your child has done well. He has grown into the intelligent, insightful young man you'd hope he would become. You have every right to pat yourself on the back, as you clearly had a hand in helping him achieve this milestone. So how come it is so hard for you to let go?

    The reality is that sending your teen off to college can feel like a leap of faith. For some parents the loss can result in an overwhelming urge to try to take control of a situation that is supposed to encourage, autonomy and independence; enter the helicopter parent.

    Related: Coping With Empty Nest Syndrome

    If your stomach is churning with fear as you read this because you secretly worry that you have just been called out, ask yourself the following que

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  • August is here and the start of a new school year is just ahead. Many families find this exciting while others dread it in anticipation of homework, early mornings, and school stress. But all parents want their children to have a successful school year. Here are seven tips to help every child reach that goal.

    Make education a family value.

    The goal of school is to learn to love learning. Learning is a lifetime goal, and parents can demonstrate their own appreciation of learning. "What is one thing you learned today?" is a nice question for everyone to answer at the dinner table. Ask your children daily about their school day. You don't need to know every detail, and often kids are reluctant to share anything. So simply ask them to tell you the worst moment and the best moment of their school day. This makes them feel that you care and want to participate in their school and their education.

    Read to your child every day.

    You can't start too early and you can't read too m

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    Seth Rockman & Brandi Savitt- August 30th, 2012

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    Materialism Matters

    Hey moms! Remember the days of Guess jeans and Forenza sweaters? If you didn't own them, your life might well have been over, right? And while what's in style may have changed, our kids desire to fit in has not…

    Lucky for us, we sat down with high school Social Worker Seth Rockman. According to Seth, teaching kids the value of money now does more than just help them in the future, it actually helps them build the self esteem they need today to succeed in school both socially and academically.


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    Fitting In

    Pre-teen and teen "identity" too often centers around the perception that the labels you wear and the gadgets you carry define who you are - there may be some guilty adults out there too… In our fast paced, consumer society, the need to HAVE, and to show it off, permeates every socioeconomic group. If you don't have the latest and the greatest - you're out in the cold…

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  • By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    Should we push our kids to be popular?

    Should we push our kids to be popular?

    Dear Dr. G.,
    My teen daughter is starting high school and I want her to be popular. I want her to have her choice of girlfriends and boys.

    You see, I was a real shrinking violet in high school and I hated that. It was really painful to rarely be invited to parties or on dates. My parents were not very social so I guess I learned it from them.

    They also never bought me the trendy clothing that the other girls were wearing so I never really had a chance with the popular kids. I didn't get invited to either the junior or senior prom and I don't want this for my daughter.

    I have tried to befriend the mothers of some of the popular girls in an effort to help my daughter get closer to their kids. I'm also buying my daughter trendy clothes so that she fits in with the most popular groups.

    I am not going to hold her back from parties because I know how lousy it feels to sit home alone on the weekends.
    Dr. G. Do you

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  • By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    College is right around the corner...

    College is right around the corner...

    getting your teen through the last year of high school

    Senior year of high school is rough on parents and teens. Oh those college applications, those essays, and those deadlines.

    Add to that a heavy course load, anxious parents, stressed out teens and you've got a recipe for a lot of nagging and emotional turmoil.

    I know that most parents are just trying to support their kids and help them get through senior year so I am going to suggest what you can do for your teens that will be helpful and less likely to lead to meltdowns.

    Related: 6 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Teens Talking

    Remember that it is their senior year not yours and that next year in college you won't be around to micro-manage them. Senior year is a good time to encourage your teens to be independent and to make good choices. I suggest that you don't nag them about their deadlines and essays but instead do some other things

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