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Resources for Parents: Teen, Preteen and Adolescents

These publications have been made possible by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Helping Your Teen Deal with the Stresses of the College Admissions Process
The competition to get into college has become intense, and the admissions process can be stressful for some teens. The pressure on teens to get good grades or test scores can come from parents, school, and even peers. That pressure can lead to severe stress and can backfire, leading some young people to give up or pretend that they just don’t care.
College Admissions Stress

DOING THE RIGHT THING ...and Still Keeping Your Friends
You want to do the right thing, but it’s not always easy to make a choice that may be unpopular with your friends. The strategies offered below can help you do what you think is wise without hurting your friendships.
Doing the Right Thing

Help your child understand that you want to be there when they need you, even if you are busy or stressed
Don't Spare Me

EFFECTIVE DISCPLINE: Strategies to Help Your Child Behave
Effective Discipline

EFFECTIVE MONITORING: Joining with other Parents to Set Common Rules
Effective Monitoring

EFFECTIVE MONITORING: Make Your Rules about Safety, Not Control
Effective Monitoring-Safety

EFFECTIVE MONITORING: Keeping Your Child Talking to You
Effective Monitoring-Talking

THE GREATEST GIFT ...You Can Give Your Child is to Care for Yourself
Greatest Gift

AVOIDING CONFLICT: The Use of “I” Statements in Parenting Adolescents
I Statements

LISTENING: The Key to Effective Communication between Parent and Child

HELPING YOUR CHILD...be a High Achiever instead of a Perfectionist

Play is essential to healthy development. Play helps children develop their creativity and imagination. It helps them learn to problem solve and develop their thinking skills. It helps them deal with their fears as they develop winning strategies – “I was afraid, but now I’m a superhero!” It allows children to learn to share, to take turns, and to interact with others. Active physical play keeps young bodies fit and healthy.

Effective discipline is essential to raising children who have self-control, behave well with peers and adults, and choose to avoid risky behaviors.
Positive Behavior

SAYING "NO!" ...When You Really Mean It
Sooner or later you will be faced with making a decision that is difficult and may be unpopular. Look at these situations as a chance to do what’s right for you. Never feel the pressure to say yes when your heart tells you no. Saying no and meaning it might even make the difference in keeping you safe.
Saying No

STAYING CONNECTED...during the Toddler Years
Your infant or toddler does not understand the idea of time, but does experience loss during separation. Concrete and consistent reminders of the deployed parent and maintenance of daily routines can reassure your child and help him feel secure and connected to the deployed parent.
Stay Connected

STAYING CONNECTED...to your School-Aged Child
Your school-aged child understands that Mommy or Daddy will be far away and gone for a long time. Creative activities can encourage your child to talk about emotions and may help your child better understand the separation.
Stay Connected-SchoolAge

MAINTAINING CONNECTION...during Deployment with Your Teenager
Adolescents are aware of the realities associated with deployment. They understand that their family will change for a while. You can make sure that your teen stays connected to both the home-based and deployed parent by supporting open family communication about how the deployment is affecting everyone differently in the family.
Stay Connected-Teen

Guiding Adolescents to Make Their Own Wise Decisions We care so deeply about our children that we try to protect them from getting emotionally or physically hurt. Sometimes we know exactly where their mistakes will lead them. After all, we have gained the wisdom from having made many mistakes on our own.
Stop Lecturing

Time-out involves physically removing a child from a problem situation and placing him in a quiet spot for a brief period of time to calm down. Time-out teaches your child that he has control over his behavior and can avoid a consequence if he chooses to calm down.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT: The Key to Helping Teens Make Wise Choices
Teens face tough decisions every day. While you cannot protect your teen from having to deal with peer pressure, you can prepare him to make healthy decisions.
Wise Choices

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Dr. Ken Ginsburg talks about the Military Child Education Coalition

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Military Family Needs

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Warning Signs

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Community Involvement

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and the Seven C's

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Concerns

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Expectations

Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Code Switching