Useful Parenting Tips for Raising Teenagers

Having a positive and healthy relationship with your teenaged kid may seem like an impossible task for many parents, but it is actually not. There are many ways you can influence the adolescent’s life by implementing positive parenting. Many parents make the mistake of thinking that they will have no effect on a teenager’s behavior no matter what they do. When in reality, it is essential that the parents play an active role during this time of their child’s life. It is during this time that the teenagers are experimenting by making various and sometimes careless decisions. If parents do not have a close relationship with their children, they are at a risk of losing an emotional bond with them forever.

1.     Understand

The first step to establish a positive relationship with your child is to understand why they act unpredictably. By studying researches and understanding the changes taking place in the body of your adolescent child, you will be able to better understand what they are going through.

2.     Establish your Role

It is not enough that you act as a parent at all time and it is not recommended to act like a friend always either. This is why you need to make sure you have established your role as both a parent and a friend. There should be no confusion about the role, and you should be able to shift between the two roles at just the right time.

3.     Schedule Time Together

It is extremely important that you spend a significant amount of time with your teenage child. As a parent, you cannot afford to create any distance since it can have damaging effects on your child’s personality. Thus, it is important that you schedule a time during the day where you can have a heart to heart with your kids.  Make sure you always have meals together and discuss their day with them.

4.     Communicate

Your child should never feel as if you are interrogating or investigating them or else they will stop all communication with you. Thus, at all times make sure that the lines of communication are open and the way you communicate with them reflects a lack of judgmental behavior. Ideally, your teenage child should be able to share everything about their life with you without having a second thought.

5.     Have Expectations

Being a parent of a teenager does not mean that you quit setting expectations from them. While you may feel that your child does not look favorably upon what you expect of them, they are actually in need of a direction from their parents and setting expectations helps them get it. Keep informing them of the damages that certain behaviors and actions have on their lifestyle. These expectations will make the teen feel that there is someone looking out for them. They will also feel good about meeting those expectations.

Bottom Line

Creating an environment that makes the teenage child feels welcomed and secure is an essential part of bringing up a positive teen. Thus, as parents, it is our role to make sure that we do everything that we can in order to create a better future for our adolescents.

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Do Big Companies Understand We Want to Be Healthier?

Over the past few years, smaller, localized food brands have capitalized on shopper preferences. Large, global, consumer-goods makers have had little to no growth within their business. Finally, understanding that the consumer wants to be healthier, big companies are reformulating many of their products.

The Big Boys are Realizing Where the Money’s Going

The Consumer Goods Forum has a membership of about 400 retailers, manufacturers, and consumer service providers. According to one of their recent reports, about 100 companies within the forum reformulated over 175,000 products to be “healthier.” These companies included powerhouses like Nestle and Proctor and Gamble.

Scared by the competition from smaller, startup companies with a healthy mission, Nestle discovered a way to cut sugar up to 40% in its chocolate. Mars claims that almost 100% of its products have only 250 calories or less per serving. All in all, in 2016, global consumer-goods marketers reduced sugar and salt levels in approximately 20% of their products.

The heat is on.

Less Sugar

With the increase in type-2 Diabetes and obesity, people are realizing they consume too much sugar. Unfortunately, consumers don’t always understand in what foods and where sugar may be hiding. Last year, however, the government stepped in to help the public health situation in this area. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that companies are required to add more information about sugar content on their product labels.

Besides just the U.S. taking action, Mexico and the United Kingdom have recently imposed a tax on sugary drinks. They, too, are exploring ways to try and reduce obesity.

Consumers Want Healthier Products

Customers are forcing businesses to manufacture and market healthier options. If they don’t, they are missing the earning trend. Less processing and simpler ingredients are what people are currently seeking. Restaurants also need to prepare foods with and from more natural sources.

The Wall Street Journal published a chart of how food-trend sales changed from 2015 to 2016 in favor of healthier fare. For example, over 60 billion dollars were collected in sales from gluten-free products. That was an increase of over 12% from the year before. “No artificial colors” increased in over 16% of sales. And wildly, anything “grass-fed” increased by 50%.

Experts believe there is more change to come. Less salt, less sugar, and fewer calories is just the beginning of how food-producing companies and restaurants need to restructure their products. As consumers continue to be educated on health issues, we’re sure to see more adjustments such as fewer preservatives and more organic-based products.

Sources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-13/sugar-and-salt-content-shrivels-as-consumers-get-wise-on-health

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-next-hot-trends-in-food-1476670682

 

Mad, Sad about Terrorist Acts?

How to Manage Your Feelings

If you are feeling angry, depressed, confused, and/or frustrated by the recent terrorist act, violence and tragedy on U.S. soil perpetrated against our citizens, then you are in the majority of what most Americans are experiencing.

Face Your Grief

Coming to terms with what we’re feeling means to face a sense of grief. Russell Friedman, executive director of the Grief Recovery Institute, defines grief as the “conflicting feeling caused by a change or an end in a familiar pattern or behavior.” As Americans, we’ve been fortunate in that mass murders have not been commonplace, nor even intermittent. Over the past two decades, however, and most notably, this last incident of terrorism in Orlando, Florida, has caused us, as a nation, to grieve. Grief isn’t limited to the death of a loved one; it encompasses a great absence, which can include the loss of values, safety, and even a time when “humanity was kinder.”

The Power of Practice

At its core, grief is overwhelming sadness. It may reveal itself (depending on the stage) as anger, fear, loneliness, depression, and despair. One suggestion by many grief counselors is to experiment with meditation. The first step is to try and identify the emotion(s) you’re feeling. The idea is that meditation can help you loosen the grip and begin to bring resolution to your grief.

By no means should you attempt to invalidate your feelings or the actions and responsibility of others? But, we can try to reframe our own negative thoughts into solutions for a more positive world—and that begins with a more loving, kind, forgiving and positive us. Sharon Salzberg offers a guided, mindful meditation to help cope with a tragedy. Here are some of its elements:

“Sit comfortably, close your eyes or not, however, you feel most comfortable, let your energy settle into your body. You can gently repeat phrases of loving-kindness, such as, “May all beings, including myself, be safe. May all have ease of heart.” Or choose another one that you’d like to focus on that emphasizes positivity and light.

You don’t have to try to force a special feeling; the power of the practice is completely present behind one phrase at a time, and coming back to the phrase once you’ve been distracted. In connecting to the phrases, we’re opening ourselves to the possibility of including rather than excluding, of connecting, rather than overlooking, of caring, rather than either being indifferent or overcome by fear.

When you feel ready to end the meditation, you can open your eyes or lift your gaze. See what your body feels like. And see if you can bring some of this sensibility into your day.”

Another helpful article on meditation can be found here. And for more articles about how we can create a more positive lifestyle and the world, check out www.GetThrive.com