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  • Hope for Families Who've Been Struggling With Raising Teens

    Hope for Families Who’ve Been Struggling With Raising Teens

    By Parent Learning Center
    Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to raise. The adolescent years are fraught with all types of drama, challenges, and a multitude of decisions to be made. The time we spend with them seems to go by so quickly, yet some days it feels like they will never reach adulthood. For...Read more >
  • Turning Your Teens' Focus Away From Their Phones

    Turning Your Teens’ Focus Away From Their Phones

    By Parent Learning Center
    As a parent, you probably got your teen a cell phone so you could keep in touch with them -- and vice versa. After all, we want to know immediately if there's a problem or change of plans while they're at school or out with their friends. You probably view...Read more >
  • 6 Tips For Parenting Troubled Girls

    6 Tips For Parenting Troubled Girls

    By Parent Learning Center
    Teenage years always come with challenges, no matter the generation. Parents experience unexpected changes in teen girl’s attitudes and behavior every day. Even though they may seem unpredictable during moments of time, most of it is completely normal adolescent behavior. There are some teenagers who suffer from mental, emotional, behavioral,...Read more >
  • Social Media And It's Role In A Teen's Social Connections

    Social Media And It’s Role In A Teen’s Social Connections

    By Parent Learning Center
    Social media has created an entirely new way of communicating, and it shows. From influencing language to shifting how people meet and connect, nothing has been the same since social media became mainstream. In no one is that more obvious than teenagers, who seem to have adopted these social platforms...Read more >
  • How Parents Can Improve Communication With Their Teen

    By Parent Learning Center
    Communicating with your teenager can be one of the hardest aspects of parenting. As a parent you understand that the things they do and the decisions they make as a teenager will impact the rest of their lives. This leads you to be protective and caring and yet your teenager...Read more >
  • Teenage Substance Abuse Statistics in America

    By Parent Learning Center
    The vast majority of American parents have some level of concern about their teens when it comes to substance abuse. This concern usually isn't due to a lack of trust, or a belief that they are intentionally going against what they've been taught. We worry because we love our kids...Read more >
  • Being an Example of Emotional Health for Your Troubled Teen

    Being an Example of Emotional Health for Your Troubled Teen

    By Parent Learning Center
    From the time of birth, parents place their child’s well-being as one of their top priorities. You pay attention to how they sleep, watching your infant breathe despite your own sleep-deprived eyes. At the first sign of a sniffle in your toddler, you encourage him to drink juice. As they...Read more >
  • What To Do When Your Depressed Teen Resists Counseling

    What To Do When Your Depressed Teen Resists Counseling

    By Parent Learning Center
    Having a teen is hard enough on it’s own. Teens are emotional, illogical, unpredictable, and defiant even when they’re great and easy kids. It’s a challenge to raise and deal with them on a daily basis. That’s to say nothing of teens with more serious issues. Many parents are dealing...Read more >
  • Understanding Your Teen's Ideation of Suicide

    Understanding Your Teen’s Ideation of Suicide

    By Parent Learning Center
    It’s a scary word. It’s a scary topic. Although it is a growing and serious epidemic, we often avoid talking about it. For this reason and others, many people don’t fully understand how, what, why, and most importantly - how to prevent it. But we have to start talking about...Read more >
  • Support For Parents Of Suicidal Teens

    Support For Parents Of Suicidal Teens

    By Parent Learning Center
    The guilt, fear and anguish parents feel when they know their child is suffering, especially from something emotional that can be so difficult to treat, is immense. When parents come forward to seek help for their teens, they can feel an overwhelming sense of failure knowing that not only may...Read more >
  • Teaching Troubled Teens To Manage Their Depression In Healthy Ways

    Teaching Troubled Teens To Manage Their Depression In Healthy Ways

    By Parent Learning Center
    There is no magic formula for curing a teen of their depression. You can’t just tell them to be happy, or try and put their situation into a different perspective. There are so many factors at work, some physical, some emotional, and still others environmental. Treating depression and related disorders,...Read more >
  • Understanding Your Teen’s Modern-Day High School Drama

    Understanding Your Teen’s Modern-Day High School Drama

    By Parent Learning Center
    Even as young as grade school, school and friendships can be fraught with drama for guys and girls alike. The drama seems to escalate with changing hormones as teens enter high school. High schoolers are trying to find their own identities and discover their own path in life. Relationships ebb...Read more >
  • 8 Ways Your Teens Behavior May Be A Cry For Help

    8 Ways Your Teens Behavior May Be A Cry For Help

    By Parent Learning Center
    Teens have a lot of stress on their plate, and oftentimes it’s difficult as parents to recognize everything they’re going through. Mood swings, irritability, acting out in class, impolite conduct, and other forms of behavioral problems can all be part of growing up and figuring out life, or they could...Read more >
  • First Steps in Helping Troubled Teens from Home Before Seeking Other Treatment

    First Steps in Helping Troubled Teens from Home Before Seeking Other Treatment

    By Parent Learning Center
    Parenting challenges even the best of us. Each stage offers new adversities, and leading a child through adolescence tests a parent in many complex ways. To understand how to help teens, you must understand the nuances of the task. Dr. Steven Dowshen explains that negative changes in behavior and changes...Read more >
  • Managing Personal Emotional Health as the Parent of a Troubled Teen

    Managing Personal Emotional Health as the Parent of a Troubled Teen

    By Parent Learning Center
    Raising kids can stress out any parent. When that kid is a troubled teen, the stress can multiply. Parents often neglect their own emotional health while trying to juggle real life problems as they navigate the turbulent waters with their children. However, parents must take steps to ensure that they...Read more >
  • 4 Pain Free Ways Parents Can Ease Stress For Their Troubled Teens

    4 Pain Free Ways Parents Can Ease Stress For Their Troubled Teens

    By Parent Learning Center
    There are many stressors for teenagers who are figuring out relationships, changes with their bodies, and responsibilities. Going through high school is rough, and teens are often faced with difficult problems you’ll need to help them work through. When your teen is troubled or has behavioral problems, those stressors grow....Read more >
  • 10 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Millennial

    10 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Millennial

    By Parent Learning Center
    Millennials might be the least understood population on planet earth, which is a problem for us all. Everyone knows, loves, and interacts with millennials. Sometimes these interactions are complete disaster, and can leave us feeling like we’re speaking an entirely different language. Improving this communication with our millennial children is...Read more >
  • helping teens manage depression

    Parents Helping Teens Manage Depression

    By Parent Learning Center
    When you are a teenager you are living in a world of emotion. Hormones, a lack of perspective on the seriousness of certain situations, and uncertainty of the future coalesce to create a stew of simmering tensions. Because of this, many adults mistake certain signs as the usual ups and...Read more >
  • Teen alcohol

    Teenage Alcohol Abuse Statistics in America

    By Parent Learning Center
    There is a common misconception that alcohol abuse looks the same, regardless of age. When thinking of a teenager with a substance abuse problem, parents will mistakenly use the same yardstick to measure the severity as they would an adult. The reality is that all alcohol use by underage drinkers...Read more >
  • Recognizing Behavior Patterns in Self-Destructive Teens

    Recognizing Behavior Patterns in Self-Destructive Teens

    By Parent Learning Center
    Most parents wonder to themselves at some point whether the behavior their teen is exhibiting is normal, or a hazardous long-term pattern. Any adolescent can act out be very moody at times -- it's part of growing up. But sometimes, parents simply don't understand the behavioral signs of a seriously...Read more >
  • Parenting Resource for Coaching Teens Through High School

    Parenting Resource for Coaching Teens Through High School

    By Parent Learning Center
    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 4 million US students began 9th grade in 2016. That's a lot of kids taking the next step in their education by starting high school. It's no wonder, however, that out of all these students, parents are primarily concerned with getting...Read more >
  • Teens and Self Harm: Recognizing and Treating the Dangerous Behavior

    Teens and Self Harm: Recognizing and Treating the Dangerous Behavior

    By Parent Learning Center
    Teenagers who cause harm to themselves can be very confusing to parents. The issue goes far beyond simply asking them to stop the behavior. There are always underlying causes that present themselves in these situations. Unfortunately, this isn’t a unique situation. Many parents are undergoing similar confusion when their teens...Read more >
  • 10 Activities to Try With Your Distant Teenager This Holiday

    10 Activities to Try With Your Distant Teenager This Holiday

    By Parent Learning Center
    Having a distant teenager is enough of a challenge on its own. They may ignore you, roll their eyes, leave the house at every single opportunity, and fight any attempts to grow closer. This challenge becomes even tougher and more painful during the holiday season. While everyone is spending time...Read more >
  • Parenting Teens with ADD and ADHD

    Parenting Teens with ADD and ADHD

    By Parent Learning Center
    In 2011, the CDC found that 11% of children had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This has led to questions about the cause of this increase in cases, and the treatment used. Certainly, over medication has become an issue, and if you...Read more >
  • Try These 5 Solutions for Irritating Teen Behaviors

    Try These 5 Solutions for Irritating Teen Behaviors

    By Parent Learning Center
    Why is it that teenagers feel like a constant minefield? One day everything seems to be going well - your teen speaks to you, fulfills their responsibilities, and seems generally pretty happy. Suddenly everything can change. Angst, eye-rolling, slammed doors, sketchy friends, dropping grades, and the silent treatment can all...Read more >
  • Building Your Own Parenting Community

    Building Your Own Parenting Community

    By Parent Learning Center
    Parenting is an intensely personal journey. You have your unique set of experiences and paradigms, your history, your fears and goals. You have children that are your original products, and totally different from any other child out there. You have a home, a schedule, a profession, and a life that...Read more >
  • Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

    Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

    By Parent Learning Center
    When a child is born in a hospital, one of the first things the nurses do is let the mother hold the baby. Oftentimes, the baby will be placed upon her bare skin. This is all done in an effort to help the baby form healthy attachments with parents and...Read more >
  • Parenting Help for Teens Addicted to Narcotics

    Parenting Help for Teens Addicted to Narcotics

    By Parent Learning Center
    The biggest fear for most parents whose children have become addicted to narcotics, whether that is through prescription medication or street heroin - is overdose. It is a well founded fear, unfortunately. Overdose deaths from both heroin and pills are on the climb. We are seeing an ever rising mortality...Read more >
  • Parenting Help For Teens Affiliated with Gangs

    Parenting Help For Teens Affiliated with Gangs

    By Parent Learning Center
    Your life has become a horrifying nightmare, and you can’t believe it: word has gotten around that those friends your teenager is hanging out with may be part of a gang. At first you pry, but you don’t act...the last thing you want to do is make your teen more...Read more >
  • Parenting Teens with Behavioral Disorders

    Parenting Teens with Behavioral Disorders

    By Parent Learning Center
    The stresses associated with managing a child who has behavioral disorders is often poorly understood by those who have never experienced it. Bold claims about how they would handle a “misbehaving teen” abound, and yet they have no idea how teens who struggle with these genuine psychological conditions operate. They...Read more >
  • Finding the Source of Your Teen’s Outrage

    Finding the Source of Your Teen’s Outrage

    By Parent Learning Center
    A vicious wasp stings your fragile skin. Your body fills with adrenaline, and you run as if your body is engulfed with flames. This biological response stems from the amygdala — the area within our brain that affects emotions, decision-making and memory — inside of your brain, which reacts and...Read more >
  • Parents: It's Our Job to Teach Them

    Parents: It’s Our Job to Teach Them

    By Parent Learning Center
    In the stage of transition for a teenager, these few critical years shape the attitude and skill set of the child for the rest of their lives. During this exciting and difficult time, they need their parents’ help and guidance to overcome the challenges they will face.   Preparing Kids...Read more >
  • Teaching Teens Communication Skills That Will Benefit Them for a Lifetime

    Teaching Teens Communication Skills That Will Benefit Them for a Lifetime

    By Parent Learning Center
    “Is there any 21st-century skill more important than being able to sustain confident, coherent conversation?” Teacher Paul Barnwell asks this question in an article for The Atlantic, where he goes on to boldly claim that as parents, teachers and other involved adults, we don’t teach teens how to effectively engage...Read more >
  • 5 Skills Every Teen Needs To Learn To Take Care Of Themselves

    5 Skills Every Teen Needs To Learn To Take Care Of Themselves

    By Parent Learning Center
    There comes a point in every parent's life when they get a little fed up with doing everyday tasks for their teenagers. Making them their lunch and cutting it up for them in bite size pieces was fine when they were four, but enough is enough and it's time for...Read more >
  • Bullying: Before, During, and After

    Bullying: Before, During, and After

    By Parent Learning Center
    Anyone who has been the victim of bullying can tell you the detrimental impact it can play in your life. If you have children it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the signs of bullying so you will be able to recognize the struggle before, during, or after the...Read more >
  • The Teen Years Are Much More Than Hormones, Acne, And Growing Pains

    The Teen Years Are Much More Than Hormones, Acne, And Growing Pains

    By Parent Learning Center
    There are a lot of awkward and challenging things about raising a teenager. Sometimes when you’re arguing with your teens or struggling to get on the same page, it’s hard to look past the acne and constant eating. What’s even worse is their significant struggles and challenges that often make...Read more >
  • Parents Can Learn The Skills They Need

    Parents Can Learn the Skills They Need to Help Their Teens Succeed

    By Parent Learning Center
    Education is a wonderful thing, and it doesn’t stop when you graduate high school or college. Just because your formal education is over doesn’t mean you stop learning, particularly as you bring kids to this world. Being a good parent requires taking advantage of learning opportunities. It’s a responsibility that...Read more >
  • How To Deal With A Troubled Teenager

    ​How to Deal With A Troubled Teenager

    By Parent Learning Center
    The teenage years are difficult for a number of reasons, but it really comes down to two main things at play. Consider hormonal and physical changes that happen during the teen years. This causes mood swings and confusing new feelings. Also, teenagers are facing a number of cultural, mixed messages...Read more >
  • How Parent Learning Center Can Help Your Struggling Teenage Son

    How Parent Learning Center Can Help Your Struggling Teenage Son

    By Parent Learning Center
    Parent Learning Center is here to help with every issue you face with your out of control, struggling, angry or defiant teenage son. We’re here to help and teach parents with struggling teens how to connect, take meaningful action, make an impact and commit to confident decisions for your whole...Read more >
  • What To Do When Your Teen Son Is Out Of Control

    What To Do When Your Teen Son Is Out Of Control

    By Parent Learning Center
    It’s not easy to admit when your teenage son is out of control. Most of the time it’s even harder to figure out what to do. Communicating with teenagers is no easy task. As parents, we’ve all had days and weeks when absolutely everything seemed like a struggle with them,...Read more >
  • What To Do When Your Teenager Is Out Of Control

    What To Do When Your Teenager Is Out Of Control

    By Parent Learning Center
    When your teen is struggling it can be difficult to know who to turn to. Advice swings from one extreme to the next, seemingly with no consistency. Do you take a hard line approach, harshly reinforcing rules and enacting intense punishments for breaking them? Is it better to show love...Read more >
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    At Home Program For Troubled Teens And At Risk Youth

    By Parent Learning Center
    Every child is unique, and their challenges are going to vary. For some it may be in a certain subject at school. Others may be a little awkward when socializing. It takes time to develop life skills, and you are there to guide and assist your child through each new...Read more >
  • Help for Troubled Teens and At-Risk Youth

    Help for Troubled Teens and At-Risk Youth

    By Parent Learning Center
    Every parent worries about their teen. It seems like today's kids have so much more pressure on them, with complications older generations never had to manage. When we see their behavior on a downward spiral, we might fear for their well-being, emotional security, safety, and future success. Thankfully, most often our...Read more >
  • Help For Parents With Troubled Teenagers

    Help For Parents With Troubled Teenagers

    By Parent Learning Center
    Watching a teenager turn from a decent kid into a struggling adolescent is difficult for most parents, especially when the bad behavior escalates rapidly. Teenagers have so many issues to deal with in today’s world that it is easy for them to feel overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, and frustrated, so they...Read more >
  • Books on Parenting That Every Parent Should Consider

    By Parent Learning Center
    There are a lot of arguments in the realm of “nature vs nurture” but one thing is for sure: parenting styles do have a great affect on the outcome of each generation. Many parents wonder what effects their parenting mishaps and triumphs will have on their children long term and can...Read more >
  • Fostering Productivity and Growth Within Your Troubled Teen

    By Parent Learning Center
    Parenting teens presents a number of problems you never saw coming when they were just babbling babies. The teen years often leave us thinking about our own parent’s and the times we made life difficult for them during our adolescent years.  Some teens are especially hard to parent when they...Read more >
  • Teaching Our Teens Valuable Skills to Help Them Throughout Their Lives

    By Parent Learning Center
    Time seems to stand still when our children are small, giving us the false impression that we have loads of time to teach them all of the important life skills they need to learn to be happy adults. Then suddenly, that time disappears and your children are now teenagers; adulthood...Read more >

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