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Is Teenage Substance Abuse Prevention Realistic?

In today’s world, substance abuse is rampant, especially amongst teens. One reason is because drugs are so accessible. In fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid them. However, experts believe that parents have a great role in determining the path of their teen’s habits. So, yes, it is realistic to believe that teenage substance abuse prevention practices may be effective.

Where Do We Start? 

Research has shown that prevention may start with parents who remain involved and incorporate positive parenting tips. During adolescent and teen years, parents are highly encouraged to keep open communication with their children. In this manner, adults are more likely to help prevent their kids from falling prey to substance addiction.

With that said, there are other vital tips, which parents may find useful during these precarious times:

 

1.    Set Proper Guidelines

 

As a parent, it is your responsibility to set clear and firm guidelines. These will help your teen identify the best direction. Make sure that you let your child know what expectations you hold. This will aid them to stay focused and avoid peer pressure.

 

2.    Remain Involved

 

It has become brutally common how one or both parents neglect their kids unwittingly. This is generally due to outside work or other family commitments. And, this could be very dangerous for kid who has just entered his teens. A lack of direction and attention can lead a youngster astray. Teenage substance abuse prevention begins with listening and giving attention.

 Therefore, it is strongly recommended that parents keep monitoring their teens’ activities and behaviors. Keep the lines of communication (and trust) open so that they can share their concerns with you. Also, it is important to make sure that you are aware of where your teen is at all times.

 

3.    Use Positivity

 

Many parents have the habit of comparing their children’s performance with that of their own. It is essential to understand that the world that our kids live in is different from what experienced.

Hence, instead of comparing your teen’s performance to others, it is effective to use positivity whenever you can to motivate them. Remind them of the positive choices they make. Then, use positive reinforcements to help your child to gravitate towards “good” company and healthy activities.

 

4.    Talk About it

 

At the same time, it is also important that you make sure that your teen is aware of all the consequences associated with substance abuse. 

Many adolescents that are unaware of the dangerous results of adopting bad habits. Additionally, adolescents often feel immune to natural consequences. Unfortunately, they don’t get to know them until after addiction has set in. As a parent, it is your responsibility to inform your child about all the imminent harms of drug use.

 

5.    Keep the Environment Healthy

 

Oftentimes, children whose parents suffer from addiction are more likely to adopt such habits. Moreover, it is no surprise to know that if the environment at home is stressful, the teenager will be more inclined towards adopting negative “coping” habits. Thus, as a parent, try to keep the home environment welcoming and reduce as much stress as possible. The child will be more apt to feel less dissatisfied. Hopefully, this will aid in eliminating the need to look for other self-destructive solutions.

The role of the parents is significant when it comes to teenage substance abuse prevention. Positive parenting, which includes: listening to your child, keeping open communication, and staying involved may help deter your teen from gravitating towards drug use. For other up-to-date tips on keeping you and your family healthy, check out Get Thrive! If you like our articles, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter too!

Here are a few articles you may also appreciate:

https://www.getthrive.com/complete-guide-main-parenting-styles/

https://www.getthrive.com/raising-entitled-child-without-knowing/

https://www.getthrive.com/parent-quiz-know-teen/

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Who’s Got Head Head Lice Now?

Every school year, without fail, someone’s kid comes home with head lice. What will you do when it’s your child who gets the creepy crawlies in her head? Watch out, because they’re coming after you, too.

No Fly Guy

There are several misnomers about lice. Yes, they are lousy, not because they’re dangerous, but because they’re obnoxious. They make your head itch, and it’s a pain to get rid of them. They will not, however, make you sick. They don’t bite, sting, or carry any diseases.

People can get different types of lice. There are the ones that stick to the hair on your head, the ones that travel in pubic hair, and another kind found on the body. Only body lice spread disease. But don’t worry too much about your child bringing home pubic or body lice.

No type of lice flies. They also don’t hop or jump. All they do is crawl. That’s why your scalp itches. Humans are the only host to head lice. Your dog can’t get them or transfer them, and if they’re off a human head, they die in about seven days.

Super Lice

Super lice aren’t any bigger than their lice ancestors. They’ve been given this name recently because they are becoming resistant to over-the-counter poison treatment. Generally, a shampoo that contains permethrin and pyrethrin will kill the buggers.

Lately, however, families are having difficulty ridding their household heads of lice using traditional formulas. Implementing non-chemicals remedies are being used, and many of them are working.

Mayonnaise may do the job. It’s safe, and you probably don’t have to go out and buy any. Experienced users suggest you massage it into your hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave it in overnight. Shower in the morning and comb out the dead eggs.

-LiceDoctors.com recommends using olive oil. They explain that the louse suffocates from the thickness of the oil. They also claim that the oil helps loosen the nits (eggs) from the hair shaft.

Petroleum jelly is another suggestion. It works the same as mayonnaise, but it’s tough to wash out of your hair the next day.

Watch out!

Being the helpful parent may get you more than you bargained for. While shaving your kids’ head or shampooing, you can get lice, too. In fact, 65% of moms get head lice from their innocent child. Siblings have it worse—they have an 85% chance of catching them!

This is the one occasion where nit-picking matters and is a good thing. You want to make sure to use a fine comb and get those buggers and eggs off the hair shaft and scalp. After the first treatment with an OTC potion or your homemade one, continue to comb daily. After a week, treat your scalp one more time. And make sure you’ve cleaned all bedding and towels thoroughly.

Teach your kids not to share hats, brushes, big headphones, or stick heads together with other children. Some recommend using tea tree or peppermint oil as a preventative way to repel lice. For more healthy tips for your family, check out www.GetThrive.com

How To Have A Positive Parent-Child Relationship (Even When You Feel It’s the Biggest Challenge)

Parenting. Is there a right or wrong way to do it?  Billions throughout the world are parents. Regardless,  all parents have different mindsets on how to do their job. The parent-child relationship is a delicate, yet powerfully significant entity in life.

Clearly, making it a positive force is a challenge. Nonetheless, it’s something that is definitely attainable.

Notably, there are many social and psychological reports. They include explaining the impact of family demographics. Next, these include cultural and economic influences.  Additionally, there are plenty of written guidelines, all which aim to help to produce the “model child.”

Get Your Parent-Child Relationship Philosophy Straight

Realistically, there will be dramas.  And yes, children will answer back. Kids will also be non-compliant. So, how do parents stay grounded and consistent when faced with tough challenges? 

Ask yourself this question:  What makes the closest to an ideal parent?

All the while, parenting is accomplished in many different ways, yet, the answers are roughly the same:

  • Unconditional love
  • A positive role model
  • Advisor
  • Teaching children to be independent

Where Things Can Go Awry

In today’s society, a majority of parents forget the foundations. Ironically, many adults veer off this well-laid path by complicating the way they parent. Unfortunately, things like this may happen:

  • Reduced supervision in the home environment
  • Helicopter parents who hover over the child and rescue them from negative situations
  • Drill sergeant parents who shout instructions and control

Even With the Best Intentions…

Most parents come from the good place of love. Oftentimes, however, their personal traits and insecurities dictate how these influence their child’s behavior.  So then, how does one ensure a positive parent-child relationship while not letting personal issues affect on the optimism of the relationship?

Here are a couple of suggestions to boost the parent-child relationship:

  • Let the child fail. As frightening as this statement sounds, through failure, the child will learn. For example, guide and advise, but do not control.  Sometimes, children need to be able to make their own decisions. This is a skill imperative to their future.  In addition, this will help your relationship and fortify independence.

  • An example of this is homework. Helping (or doing)  the questions, or constantly reminding them to complete the task, may not be helpful. Finally, it may result in them not suffering a natural consequence. Overall, nothing here will be learned by the child. Not academics. Not consequences.

 

  • Quality time. Switch off the phones, TV, computers, and sit down to talk.  Dinner time is perfect. Obviously it’s not always possible because of activities and jobs.  Most importantly, then, carve out at least 15 minutes a day to have worthy conversation.  It doesn’t have to be about the meaning of life.  But, it could be as simple as asking how the day went. Or, it could even be sharing a joke.  All of these conversations open up lines of communication.  Children need reassurance that parents are always there to talk to. No matter how hectic life can get.

Have Rules and Set Boundaries

Starting from infancy, the parents set the rules. “Don’t touch that, it’s too hot.” “Don’t hit your brother!” “Don’t draw on the walls,” etc.  The list is endless. However, actions following broken rules have a huge validity on the parent-child relationship.

What set of consequences are in place? And, are they adhered to?  If there is threat of action due to a broken rule, correction must follow.  If not, children feel they can break rules again. Unfortunately, this can also lead to insecurities due to lack of boundaries.

Structure as a Necessity

Noteworthy, humans need structure and rules to flourish and feel secure. Numerous studies have shown this to be true. Structure can make interactions with children concrete.  Success in rule-making for the parent-child relationship follows these simple steps:

  • Set simple rules everyone understands.
  • Be consistent and don’t back down.
  • Don’t feel guilty. Most importantly, these rules are in place to ensure children’s safety.
  • Teach respect, and in turn, empathy.

Society as a Factor

Modern day society can be considered complex. For one, it may have us clambering to the top of a competitive pile. Also, it can be considered egocentric. “Shoot your neighbor, get out of my way, I’m first.”

In order to raise children as non-narcissistic little monsters, efforts may be better focused on education and character.

A Harvard study of 10,000 middle- and high-school students found that four out-of-five kids perceived that their parents valued achievement more than caring for others. That’s pretty sad.

Whether the students’ perception were accurate or not, the information is devastating. In the best of all worlds, parents should lead by example. We need to show compassion for others through our words and actions.

With communication, empathy, logic, rules and consistency, parents have the tools to raise their kids.  The child-rearing road may be full of potholes.  But, with a strong foundation, a good relationship will form and hopefully have longevity.  To read more about parent/child relationships, please check out www.GetThrive.com

 

Sources:

https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/parenting-resources-raising-caring-ethical-children/cultivating-empathy

http://iahip.org/inside-out/issue-24-spring-1996/winnicott-and-parentinghttps://www.loveandlogic.com/about/bios/foster-cline

 

I Can’t Stop Being Angry At Someone (and I Desperately Want to Make Things Better!)

Have you ever found yourself angry someone or something from the past?  Maybe the past was last week.  Or maybe the past was months or even years ago.  Either way, if that fixation is rooted in anger the issue has gotten the better of you.  

So what to do?  Well, it isn’t that the remedy is difficult to understand.  In fact, the solution is quite simple. It’s a challenge, but swallowing pride is a necessary element. Hence, we’ve got forgiveness.

You see, often we only view forgiveness through the lens of the other person.  Like if we extend that “free pass” they get off without a penalty.  And, boy, do we like “justice!”  But according to new research, forgiveness may actually have more lasting benefit to the one doing the forgiving.

Anger eats away and, over time, creates a bitterness that can be hard to rid.  In addition, anger can cause negative health issues.Thankfully, there are some practical steps to help move past anger and ensure it doesn’t happen again and again.

Forgive and Forget Angry

True forgiveness involves a short memory.  This may sound simpler than it really is, but it is a key to moving on.  You may never have the same level of trust for an individual that you once did, but putting the transgression out of your mind goes a long way toward the personal healing process.

Distance is Your Friend

Replaying what has made you angry over and over again in your mind is one way to not forgive.  Scientists refer to this practice as “rumination.”  You have to let go.

   You must create some distance by channeling your focus elsewhere.  Learning how not to fixate is a crucial part of the process!

Take a New Perspective

Humans are good at judging themselves based on intention and others based on action.  To put if another way, I’m good at offering the benefit of the doubt to myself, but less so when it comes to another person.  In psychological circles, the term Theory of Mind refers to the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  Circumstances shape decisions more often than we’d like to think.  The other person may not have the flawed personal characteristics you’ve assigned to them.

Even if someone “deserves” your anger, the long-term impact of remaining mad can have undesirable lasting consequences.  Reshaping your focus leads to lasting benefits that can improve your quality of life in the long run.

For more articles about keeping your mind and body happy and healthy, check out www.GetThrive.com

Sources:

https://www.fastcompany.com/3062114/how-to-coach-your-brain-to-stop-being-angry

Getting Sick from Anger and Stress?

Are You Full of Fungus and Don’t Know It? Never Fear, Antifungal Foods To The Rescue!

So often we feel icky and can’t explain why we have particular physical symptoms. Mostly, it’s blamed on a virus or a bacterial infection. But, guess what? Fungal infections are just as prevalent. And, most of the time they go undiagnosed. If you suspect you’re a victim of a fungus among us, below are some suggestions of antifungal foods that may come to your rescue.

Not-Fun Symptoms. Are They Caused By A Fungus?

Sometimes, we, or even medical practitioners, can misdiagnose the cause of certain symptoms of recurring ailments. It’s not uncommon because bacterial and viral infections are running rampant these days.

However, when particular symptoms persist after bouts of antibiotics, rest, and maybe even antiviral meds, it might be time to explore another culprit. Surprisingly, that perpetrator could be a parasite or a fungus. (Some believe they may be considered one in the same category. That is up for debate and a discussion for another article.)

Regardless, these are some common internal and/or external indicators of a fungal infection:

  • redness, blistering, peeling, cracking, and/or itchy areas on the skin
  • unusual tiredness, brain fog
  • many allergies (including asthma)
  • low sex drive, impotence
  • headaches, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • vaginal itching (yeast infection)
  • redness and pain or itching in the groin area (jock itch)
  • itching, cracked skin in the toes (athlete’s foot)
  • toenail rot
  • itchy, scaly, round-shaped blistery patches (ringworm)
  • unexplained introduction of autoimmune disease

Truly, none of these sound particularly attractive, nor are they pleasant to experience. On top of that, these are SERIOUS symptoms!

Fortunately, the brighter news is that there are antifungal foods that can help relieve these types of symptoms. Additionally, there are foods and herbs that can help diminish the presence of the fungus (that cause the symptoms) and help the body detoxify.

The Most Famous Fungi Who’s No Fun-Guy At All!

The most common fungal infection is Candida. Candida can wreak havoc on your entire biological system without you even knowing. Frighteningly, you can have no symptoms for a long time, or, it can trick health practitioners into thinking the problem is a bacteria or a virus. Overgrowth of Candida can sometimes present as:

  • Ear infections
  • Bronchitis or other respiratory infections
  • Gum disease
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • All the other uncomfortable symptoms listed above from fungal infections

Yeast/Candida overgrowth can happen for several reasons. One is a weak immune system. Another can be a result of antibiotic use. Improper diet may also be a culprit.

Most noteworthy, once the diagnosis of Candida overgrowth is established, you can begin to use antifungal topical concoctions as well as proper dietary practices as a means to kill off the not-fun guy.

Antifungal Foods Still Have to Fight the Opponent!

Unwelcomed fungus in our bodies is not eradicated simply or quickly. Unfortunately, getting healthier requires tenacity with a defined diet as well as dealing with the release of toxins.

Without creating alarm, the truth is that Candida detox can actually be quite toxic. And, it can be detrimental to your health in its own way.

Ironically, when we starve the fungus, it releases contaminants into our system. It’s highly recommended that as you switch to antifungal foods and diminish the presence of Candida, you hydrate and flush your system constantly. Some naturopaths suggest you should drink up to a gallon a day of diluted cranberry juice (no sugar) with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

It’s not unusual to feel great right off the bat, and then feel gross and lousy shortly afterwards. The toxins from the Candida squelch may cause uncomfortable symptoms, along with food cravings. Don’t give into them. Unfortunately, if you do, you’ll start the sugar/Candida cycle all over again.

Heroically, give it your best effort to suffer through the nasty detox effects such as: headaches, nausea, low energy, cravings, and mood swings. They won’t last long if you continue on a proper antifungal foods diet. Along with that, sticking to it should eradicate the presence of Candida overgrowth and help repair your body to a “healthy” fungal state.

Keep-Away-From Foods

Before we present the optimal antifungal foods, let’s have a look at the worst foods for a fungal condition. Yes, some foods and drinks actually provide energy for the Candida to keep growing. Others may lessen your body’s ability to fight off infection. In either case, here are items to absolutely avoid if you want to get rid of Candida overgrowth:

  • sugar (processed, organic, cane, fructose, corn syrup, agave, and sugar substitutes)

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • high-sugar fruits (bananas, grapes, …)
  • grains high in gluten
  • processed vegetable oils
  • some dairy products
  • swordfish and tuna

The Winners of the Antifungal Foods Awards!

Below are some foods, herbs, spices, and teas that can help kill off a fungal infection:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Onions and Leeks
  • Green Apples
  • Ginger
  • Raw Garlic
  • Cooked Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Wild Salmon and Grass-Fed Beef
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Oil
  • Bone Broth
  • Pau D’arco Tea

Some sources are convinced that Undecylenic Acid and Caprylic Acid kill fungus (externally and internally.) However, you will need to research their side effects before making the choice to apply or administer either of them. Regardless of your choice in antifungals, you’ll want to make sure you are ingesting good probiotics as well.

 

When it comes to biological symptoms, it’s important to examine the body as a whole. Just because there’s toenail fungus, doesn’t mean the infection is just in that toe. Or, if you’re feeling sluggish, even slightly depressed, it’s possible that the condition is systemic. Looking at diet, sleep, and stress levels are the first call to action. After that, check it out—it’s possible that a fungus could be a cause for physical disturbances.

Hopefully, some of these antifungal foods will bring some relief to your condition. Feel free to peruse the Get Thrive site for other tips on best health for you and your family. While you’re there, we’d love for you to sign up for the Thrive Newsletter! It’s free and chock full of up-to-date health and wellness news.

And, for a limited time, you can download the free Ebook: A Story of Restoring Health With 25 Delicious Juice Recipes.

 

Author: Carra Robertson

Sources:

https://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoavoid.htm

https://www.livestrong.com/article/355680-foods-to-kill-fungus/

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/issue/15-how-to-kill-fungal-infections

 

Some Things to Know About Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Teenage years are extremely formative years. They definitely have a significant impact on an individual’s personality. However, there are also a number of biological and physical changes taking place in the body, which affect decision-making. Unfortunately, because of this (and other factors), we are seeing an increase in drug abuse in teenagers.

We Don’t Know Them; They Don’t Know Themselves

Being a teenager can be a precarious time. Aside from biological shifts, there are huge social challenges. Kids at that age are in the throes of figuring out who they are. With that, it’s almost impossible as parent to know who they are. There are constant changes. 

Teens often make decisions based on emotions. And, rational thinking is not quite their forte. Many of their decisions can be related to “not thinking”. Or, they are swayed by peers, society, or impulsive or, sometimes, self-destructive behavior. As parents, it’s truly a challenge for us to foresee our teens’ next choice. That’s why it’s especially important for adults to remain as “connected” to their youngster as possible. Check out some helpful parenting tips HERE.

Education for Prevention and Assistance

Parents and teens alike should learn about the dangers of drug abuse in teenagers. Additionally, a parent’s participation (and being a good role model) in their child’s life can help to prevent substance abuse. However, sometimes no matter what anyone does, the teen may fall prey to addiction.

If you feel your child may be using or abusing drugs, here are some associated signs and behaviors:

Signs of Drug Abuse

1.    Physical Changes

Some of the physical changes that occur when a teen becomes addicted to drugs are:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Regular nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Pupils that are widely dilated
  • Frequent Tremors and/or Shakes

2.    Behavioral Changes

There are certain changes that you will witness in your teenage child’s behavior if they are involved in drug abuse. If your teen is showing more outbursts and is continuously engaging in harmful activities, there is a need to keep a check on their regular routine.

3.    Personality Changes

Being moody is not the only personality change that teens go through as a result of drug use. You may also find your child to be less sympathetic towards others or witness a trend of poor results in school.

Effects of Drug Abuse

As mentioned earlier, if an adolescent develops a habit of drug abuse at this stage, they are more likely to turn into drug addicts during adulthood. Moreover, there are many other dangerous linked effects. These include: poor decision-making, greater susceptibility to developing diseases caused by needles, and emotional and mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Thus, it is vital for parents to play an important role in their teen’s life during this time.

Treatment

If parents play an active role in their child’s life during this time, they can help protect them from making further bad decisions. In his book, “The Teen Formula”, Dr. Dave Campbell provides parents with a guide that they can use to protect their teenagers from becoming victims of substance abuse. Many parents have reported seeing results within 30 days. 

In Conclusion…

The brain is still developing during an individual’s teenage years. This is why teens are drawn to drugs. But, it’s also one reason why the young brain can be harmed. And unfortunately, substance abuse amongst this age group is fairly common. Most noteworthy, a majority of substance abuse problems begin at this juncture.

Hence, it is extremely important for parents to keep a close eye on their child’s behavior and activities during this phase of their life. By incorporating positive parenting, adults can counsel their children, as well as be avid listeners. Hopefully, parents can prove to be a source of constant support. We can only do our best, so let’s do our best!

For more articles about parenting and teens, check out GetThrive.com

Is Work/Life Balance Even Possible?

How do we find the perfect work/life balance?   This is a question we have all asked ourselves but many of us don’t sit down and plan the solution?  If you are an entrepreneur, this is an essential undertaking to keep your family, sanity, and productivity all in check.  How do we manage and achieve it all?  Following some essential steps, it’s possible to navigate a business in a positive direction, while keeping life organized and in a state of equilibrium.

 

TIME MANAGEMENT IS KEY

Managing a business may seem as simple as a business plan, achievable goals, and deadlines, but what happens when there is an entire team to manage?  Tracked communication is a great way to open up conversations amongst a group, in a time efficient manner.  Examples of websites which accomplish this include:  www.asana.com , www.trello.com  www.monday.com.  They help specifically project manage either an individual or a team by documenting workload, schedules, and assignments.   Using a tool like these sites allows the team to visualize their work day each morning, so attainable results are achieved by the end of the day.

Staff also now have the advantage of viewing their personal goals and timeframes, while also interacting with the other team members.  Many of these websites have a free version or trial, which makes it easy to explore.  The following points, will not only help in the work place, but with life in general too:

  • Invest in a project management app/website and populate it with weekly/monthly team targets
  • Set realistic daily deadlines, with accomplished tasks ticked off from the previous day. There’s a motivational satisfaction when jobs are crossed off and the team will see results.
  • Management should not overstretch their staff. There are only so many hours in a day.
  • False promises should not be made to clients.
  • Smaller tasks should be outsourced. A Website like peopleperhour.com  is a convenient resource.
  • If a deadline looming, switching off email for a period of time can help prevent distractions.
  • Get away from the desk. If high speed wifi is available, almost anywhere can become an office, where work can be accomplished while sipping that latte.

 

LIFE BALANCE

Trying to please everyone can be mentally and physically exhausting.  Set limits and don’t be afraid to say no.  It is proven that a work-life balance leads to higher levels of productivity.  It is possible to achieve results without compromising happiness:

  • Carve out time everyday for friends or family, no matter how hectic life is. Happiness at home will project positively on to work place performance.
  • All work and no play can lead to stress and a severe case of dull person syndrome. Switch off the phone and partake in activities like exercise or hobbies.
  • Weekly/monthly responsibilities at home should be shared, if possible, so they do not creep into work hours.
  • Take time to be healthy. Eat right, sleep 6-8 hours, aim for some sort of activity each day, even if it’s just a walk.

We are all trying to succeed within a small space of time, and how we manage that time shapes our success and happiness.  Self discipline and organization are tools that can help achieve that.  LIVE TO WORK is so yesterday, the future is WORK TO LIVE.  There may be a few hiccups along the way but with determination and focus work-life balance can be accomplished.

 

To learn more about work-life balance, check out GetThrive.com

 

References

www.asana.com

www.trello.com

www.monday.com

www.peopleperhour.com

 

 

Tips for Raising Teenage Boys and Girls

Teenage years are hard on adolescents. Perhaps, even tougher, are the toll they take on the parents. No matter how ready you feel you are, there will be plenty of surprises along the way. However, there are many parenting tips for raising teenage boys and girls, which can help in your attempt to raise children who grow to become rational, productive adults.

Anyone who parents an adolescent knows it ain’t easy. Commonly, we witness frequent outbursts and unpredictable mood changes.    And, there’s a definite shift toward a preference for spending time with peers rather than family. It is sometimes tough to see the light ahead. But, try and keep faith. This stage will pass. Remember, it did for us!

Here are a few tips for raising teenage boys and girls that may offer some support:

1.    Understanding

The first step to nailing parenting during this difficult phase of your child’s life is to try and understand what is going on with them. We need to have empathy and view life from their perspective, if possible. This will give you the patience and compassion that you will desperately need. The human brain is still going through development processes during the teenage years. Noteworthy, this is mainly why you will witness your teenager making numerous rash decisions.

Additionally, because of the hormonal changes taking place in the body, they are likely to experiment with new habits and lifestyles. Knowing all these facts beforehand can help you prepare for this stage of your child’s life. Also, remember to breathe, be patient, and try not to have knee-jerk reactions. Your attempt to be rational and not overly reactive may also serve as a good model.

2.    Communicating

Keeping the lines of communication open with your child during this time is essential. Make sure that you build and maintain a sense of trust. Otherwise, your child may keep significant information and concerns away from you.

Hence, to prevent your child from making impulsive or unreasonable decisions, it is important that you communicate with them about openly what is going on in their lives. 

3.    Getting Involved

Keeping the lines of communication open is not the same as getting involved in your child’s life. If you want to become a confidant, you will have to make sure that you and your teen are on the same page. This includes always making sure that you are aware of your teen’s whereabouts and activities. Keeping yourself informed of the friends your child hangs out is important. If you can meet them, that’s even more beneficial. Monitor (without an oppressive edge) the kind of activities they engage in. If you can ever join in those activities or attend sports, concerts, or extracurricular interests with them, that’s another bonus.

4.    Providing a Peaceful Environment

Another important step is to ensure the provision of a peaceful and welcoming environment at home. Your teen will be more likely to stay away and try out new (perhaps unsavory) things if they are not comfortable with the environment at home.

5.    Giving Proper Knowledge

It is important that parents inform their children about the dangers associated with substance abuse. Because of the ease of availability of drugs these days, it’s essential to have these discussions. Having difficult conversations about drug abuse, sex, and STDs is something that you should not delay at any cost. It is better to let your child know about the dangerous consequences rather than letting them learn the hard way. A properly informed teen may be less likely to take part in detrimental activities.

 

Hopefully some of the above mentioned tips for raising teenage boys and girls will offer some support. Parents play a very important role in their children’s lives, especially during adolescence. Get Thrive has a large selection of current and archived articles on this topic, which may also prove to be worthy.

Additionally, Dr. Dave Campbell is also currently offering his eBook for free for a limited time. The Teen Formula: A Parent’s Guide To Helping Your Child Avoid Substance Abuse HERE available in paperback or on Kindle.