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As girls and guys search for acceptance and love in adolescence, their mind is full of important questions that nobody else can seem to answer for them.  Throughout their teen years, the question, “Who am I?” will dominate their subconscious as they begin to form opinions, develop their values, care about other’s perceptions of them, and discover where they fit into their world.

This journey of self discovery is further divided into three other questions that come up in a similar sequence for almost all adolescents.  

1.  Am I normal?

2.  Am I lovable?

3.  Am I loving?

 

NORMALIZE "NORMAL"

In the early stages of puberty (late elementary and early middle school...

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month. It's a real problem that affects girls and guys from all walks of life. In fact, 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by their boyfriend or girlfriend.

As tweens and teens explore dating, it is critical that they begin to understand what's ok and what's NOT ok in a relationship. As a newbie with a love interest, jealousy may be seen as romantic, and controlling behaviors may be misinterpreted as love. Help your child understand healthy and unhealthy behaviors. 

This downloadable lists some RED FLAGS in teen relationships. Just like red flags in a soccer game get the player thrown out of the game, red flags in the dating...