The good news is, we can do most anything more efficiently and connect with friends and family members 24/7 with the wonders of technology! On the other hand, technology follows us everywhere; from brushing our teeth in the morning to turning in for the night. There is, literally, no escape! For tweens and teens, this sense of being attached to an “electronic leash” can have negative consequences, including bullying behavior, sexting, online dating, etc. Know how to set reasonable boundaries around the use of technology in your family and you’ll be way ahead of the curve.
By Ann Luban, Community Services Program Specialist
Body image isn’t the shape of our bodies; it’s how we view our bodies. And negative body image can affect kids as young as four or five years old. Parents and other adults play a central role in how kids of all ages view their bodies and view themselves overall. It is critical that we act intentionally to support them in their development.
Everyone knows about the “sex talk” – also known as the conversation with your children about sexual health. Some parents and guardians dive right into the talk, while others avoid it at all costs. If you’ve been practicing avoidance, which response below best describes your philosophy?
Parents of 9 to 12 year-old girls know “Tween Girl Drama” even if they cannot define it. They see it in the struggles their daughters have negotiating friendships, their changing bodies, and their growing desire for independence. They experience it in the moodiness and seeming over-reactions to the littlest of things. Here are 7 tips for supporting your daughter (or even your son) as she navigates these challenging years: